Dhammapada Verse 204
nibbanam paramam sukham.
Verse 204: Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth, a
trusted friend is the best relative, Nibbana is the greatest bliss.
1. vissasaparama: vissasa + parama: vissasa here means trust, also
interpreted as intimacy.
The Story of King Pasenadi of Kosala
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (204) of
this book, with reference to King Pasenadi of Kosala.
One day, King Pasenadi of Kosala went to the Jetavana monastery after having
his full morning meal. It was said that the king had eaten one quarter basket
(about half a bushel) of rice with meat curry on that day; so while listening to
the Buddha's discourse he felt very sleepy and was nodding most of the time.
Seeing him nodding, the Buddha advised him to take a little less rice everyday
and to decrease the amount on a sliding scale to the minimum of one-sixteenth
part of the original amount he was taking. The king did as he was told and found
that by eating less he became thin, but he felt very much lighter and enjoyed
much better health. When he told the Buddha about this, the Buddha said to him,
"O king! Health is a great boon; contentment is a great wealth; a close and
trusted friend is the best relative; Nibbana is the greatest bliss."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
|Verse 204: Health is the greatest gift, contentment is
the greatest wealth, a trusted friend is the best relative, Nibbana is
the greatest bliss.