Ghatva Sutta

(Having Killed)

[Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.]

As she was standing to one side, a devata recited this verse to the Blessed One:

Having killed what do you sleep in ease?

Having killed what do you not grieve?

Of the slaying of what one thing does Gotama approve?

[The Buddha:]

Having killed anger you sleep in ease.

Having killed anger you do not grieve.

The noble ones praise the slaying of anger

— with its honeyed crest & poison root —

for having killed it you do not grieve