Dhammapada Verse 99
Annatara itthi Vatthu
yaittha na ramati jano
na te kamagavesino.
Verse 99: Forests are delightful, but the worldlings find no delight in them;
only those who are free from passion will find delight in them, for they do not
seek sensual pleasures.
The Story of a Woman
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (99) of
this book, with reference to a woman of doubtful character.
A bhikkhu, after taking a subject of meditation from the Buddha, was
practising meditation in an old garden. A woman of doubtful character came into
the garden and, seeing the bhikkhu, tried to attract his attention and seduce
him. The thera got frightened; at the same time, his whole body was diffused
with some kind of delightful satisfaction. The Buddha saw him from his
monastery, and with his supernormal power, sent rays of light to him, and the
bhikkhu received this message, which said, "My son, where worldlings
seek sensual pleasures is not the place for bhikkhus; bhikkhus should take
delight in forests where worldlings find no pleasure."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
|Verse 99: Forests are delightful, but the worldlings
find no delight in them; only those who are free from passion will
find delight in them, for they do not seek sensual pleasures.
End of Chapter Seven: The Arahat (Arahantavagga)