SN.1.39. Paṭhamapajjunnadhītusutta ("With Pajjunna’s Daughter, 1st")

Saṁyutta Nikāya ("The Linked Discourses")

So I have heard. At one time the Buddha was staying near Vesālī, at the Great Wood, in the hall with the peaked roof.

Then, late at night, the beautiful Kokanadā, Pajjunna’s daughter, lighting up the entire Great Wood, went up to the Buddha, bowed, stood to one side, and recited these verses in the Buddha’s presence:

“Staying in the woods of Vesālī
is the Buddha, best of beings.
Kokanadā am I who worships him,
Kokanadā, Pajjuna’s daughter.

Previously I had only heard
the teaching realized by the seer.
But now I know it as a witness
while the sage, the Holy One teaches.

There are unintelligent people who go about
denouncing the teaching of the noble ones.
They fall into the terrible Hell of Screams
where they suffer long.

There are those who have found acceptance and peace
in the teaching of the noble ones.
After giving up this human body,
they swell the hosts of gods.”

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