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Saddhamma (Essential and Specific items of Buddhist Doctrine)
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For long you, Ananda, have been very near to me by words of devotion, faithful and affectionate, ever loyal beyond all reckoning. For long you, Ananda, have been very near to me by thoughts of devotion, faithful and affectionate, ever loyal beyond all reckoning. You have done splendidly, Ananda! Only persevere in your efforts and you too shall soon be free from all hindrances' (to liberation).