Therīgāthā

bluelotusComposer: Bill Alves

Text:  from the Ther?g?th? , no rx in the original Pali;

The Buddha singled out 13 female disciples for special commendation and he singles Uppalavanna out especially as a worthy vessel for mystical powers.  Uppalavanna’s words are conserved in the original Pali in the Ther?g?th?. They transmit her experience and inspire future generations of women on the spiritual path.  Uppalavanna’s symbol is  the blue lotus.

India has led the world in nurturing the evolution and preservation of esoteric traditions over thousands of years. Despite the rich tradition of mystical experience, however, in India, as in almost everywhere in the world, the tradition of educating women in the processes for attaining for enlightenment in the female body has nearly been extinguished many times.  Nevertheless, often as a form of dissenting knowledge, in every corner of the globe, remarkable women have pursued the mystical path over the centuries.

Ther?g?th?, from Uppalavanna (XIV, verse 227)

Pubbeniv?sa? j?n?mi, dibbacakkhu? visodhita?;
Cetopariccañ??añca, sotadh?tu visodhit?.

Translation (from Mrs. Rhys Davids Psalms of the Sisters):

 “How erst I lived I know, the Heavenly Eye,
Purview celestial, have I clarified;
Clear too the inward life that others lead;
Clear too I hear the sounds ineffable;”