Itivuttaka: The Buddha’s Sayings

The Section of the Threes

69. Attachment (2)

This was said by the Lord…

“Bhikkhus, any bhikkhu or bhikkhunī in whom attachment is not abandoned, hate is not abandoned, and delusion is not abandoned, is said to be one who has not crossed the ocean with its waves, breakers, and eddies, with its sharks and demons. But any bhikkhu or bhikkhunī in whom attachment is abandoned, hate is abandoned, and delusion is abandoned, is said to be one who has crossed the ocean with its waves, breakers, and eddies, its sharks and demons—one of whom it is said: ‘Crossed over, gone beyond, the brahmin stands on dry ground.’”

One who has destroyed attachment
Along with hate and ignorance
Has crossed this ocean
With its sharks and demons,
Its fearful waves so hard to cross.

He has surmounted every tie,
Left Death behind,
Become free from clinging,
Forsaken suffering and renewal of being.
Vanished, he cannot be defined, I say—
He has bewildered the King of Death.