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Samyutta Nikaya:
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasako Dutiyo
4. Channa Vagga

Sutta 92

Pathama Dvaya Suttam

The First Duality

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts][bodh] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time, Bhagava, Savatthi-town revisiting, Anathapindika's Jeta grove.

There to the Beggars gathered round, Bhagava said this:

I will teach you, beggars, duality.

Pay heed!

This, Beggars, is duality:

The eye and visible objects

The ear and sounds

The nose and scents

The tongue and tastes

The body and touch

The mind and things

This, beggars, is duality.

Any Beggar, Beggars, who came along saying:

'Rejecting this duality
I will show you another duality'

Would be unable to do so,
and furthermore
would find himself
over the Abyss!

How Come?

Because this is beyond scope.

That's how come.

 


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