The monk who has demolished conceit* without leaving a trace,
as a great flood,
a very weak bridge made of reeds,
sloughs off the near shore & far** — as a snake,
its decrepit old skin.
* Conceit (one of the higher fetters) is thought to be totally abolished at the level of attaining Arahantship (please click on the following link to see the four stages of enlightenment).
** Near and far shores are thought to be here the five lower and higher fetters**
***Fetters- See labels below
Uraga Sutta: The Snake
translated from the Pali by
Uraga Sutta: The Snake (Sn 1.1) [Nyanaponika | Thanissaro]