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1. Now at that time a certain Bhikkhu, tormented by distaste (for meditation, &c.), castrated himself 3. They told this matter to the Blessed One.

'When one thing wanted cutting off, O Bhikkhus, that foolish fellow has cut off another! You are

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not, O Bhikkhus, to castrate yourselves. Whosoever does so, shall be guilty of a thullakkaya.'


77:3 Anabhiratiyâ pîlito attano aṅgagâtam khindi. This anabhirati is constantly referred to, and always as the result of falling in love, or in connection with sexual desire.

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