In the 'Psalms of the Sisters' (Therīgāthā, 33) we read that the king's wife
Ubbirī mourned the loss of her daughter Jīvā. Every day she went to the
cemetery. She met the Buddha who told her that in that cemetery about
eighty-four thousand of her daughters (in past lives) had been burnt. The
Buddha said to her:
'O, Ubbirī, who wails in the wood Crying,
O Jīvā! O my daughter dear!
Come to yourself!
See, in this burying-ground
Are burnt full many a thousand daughters dear,
And all of them were named like unto her.
Now which of all those Jīvās do you mourn?'
After Ubbirī pondered over the Dhamma thus taught by the Buddha she
developed insight and saw things as they really are; she even attained