SN 9.1 Viveka Sutta: Seclusion

A bhikkhu has many unwholesome thoughts that ‘gush outwardly’. A devata comes to him and says:

  • “remove the desire for people, then you’ll be happy”

  • “abandon discontent and be mindful”

  • “Just as a bird littered with soil
    with a shake flicks off the sticky dust,
    so a bhikkhu, strenuous and mindful,
    with a shake flicks off the sticky dust”

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