Theragāthā Verses of the Senior Monks Chapter of the Threes 3.1. Aṅgaṇikabhāradvāja Seeking purity the wrong way, I worshipped the sacred fire in a grove. Not knowing the path to purity, I mortified my flesh in search of immortality. I’ve gained this happiness by means of happiness: See the excellence of the Dhamma! I’ve attained the three knowledges, And fulfilled the Buddha’s instructions. In the past I was related to Brahmā, But now I’m really a brahmin: I have the three knowledges, I’m cleansed, I’m an initiate, and I’m accomplished in sacred knowledge.