Saṃyutta Nikāya 1

Connected Discourses with Devatas

21. A Sword

At Savatthi. Standing to one side, that devatā recited this verse in the presence of the Blessed One:

“As if smitten by a sword,
As if his head were on fire,
A bhikkhu should wander mindfully
To abandon sensual lust.”

The Blessed One:

“As if smitten by a sword,
As if his head were on fire,
A bhikkhu should wander mindfully
To abandon identity view.”