I was drunk with the intoxication
of my birth, wealth, & sovereignty.
Drunk with the intoxication of my body's build, coloring, & form,
I wandered about,
regarding no one as my equal or better,
foolish, arrogant, haughty, my banner held high.
I — disrespectful, arrogant, proud —
bowed down to no one,
not even mother, father,
or those commonly held in respect.
Then — seeing the ultimate leader,
supreme, foremost of charioteers,
like a blazing sun, arrayed with a squadron of monks —
casting away pride & intoxication through an awareness serene & clear,
I bowed down my head to him, supreme among all living beings.
Haughtiness & contempt have been abandoned
— rooted out —
the conceit "I am" is extracted, all forms of pride, destroyed.
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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "
"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "
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