Tanhavagga ⧸ Gāthā 344

Yo nibbanatho+ vanādhimutto vanamutto vanameva dhāvati
Taṃ puggalametha passatha mutto bandhanameva dhāvati

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Thirst ⧸ Verse 344

There is one who, turning away from desire (for household life) takes to the life of the forest (i.e., of a monk). But after being freed from the household, he runs back to it. Behold that man! Though freed, he runs back to that very bondage!
English translation © 1985 Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka. From The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita.

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