Theragāthā Verses of the Senior Monks Chapter of the Fours 4.12. Mudita I went forth to save my life; But I gained faith After receiving full ordination; And I strove, strong in effort. With pleasure, let this body be broken! Let this lump of flesh be dissolved! Let both my legs fall off At the knees! I won’t eat, I won’t drink, I won’t leave my dwelling, Nor will I lie down on my side, Until the dart of craving is drawn out. As I dwell like this, See my energy and striving! I’ve attained the three knowledges, And fulfilled the Buddha’s instructions.