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Samyutta Nikaya
3. Khandha Vagga
22. Khandha Samyutta
3. Bhara Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
Part III: The Book Called The Khandha-Vagga Containing Kindred Saings on the Elements of Sensory Existence and Other Subjects
Chapter XXII: Kindred Sayings on Elements (Khandha)
Section 3: On the Burden

Sutta 26

Pathama Assada Suttam

Satisfaction (1)

Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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[27] [27]

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:-

The Exalted One was staying at Savatthi.

The Exalted One said:

"Formerly, brethren,
before I was enlightened with the supreme enlightenment,
when I was yet a Bodhisat,
I thought thus:

'Now what is the satisfaction,[1]
what is the misery of,
what is the way of escape
from body?

Now what is the satisfaction,
what is the misery of,
what is the way of escape
from feeling?

Now what is the satisfaction,
what is the misery of,
what is the way of escape
from perception?

Now what is the satisfaction,
what is the misery of,
what is the way of escape
from the activities?

Now what is the satisfaction,
what is the misery of,
what is the way of escape
from consciousness?'

 


 

Then, brethren, to me there came this thought:

'That ease, that pleasure
which arises owing to body:
that is the satisfaction of body.

That impermanence,
that suffering,
that instability
which is body,
that is the misery of body.

That restraint of desire and lust,
that renouncing of desire and lust
which are in body, -
that is the way of escape from body.

'That ease, that pleasure
which arises owing to feeling:
that is the satisfaction of feeling.

That impermanence,
that suffering,
that instability
which is feeling,
that is the misery of feeling.

That restraint of desire and lust,
that renouncing of desire and lust
which are in feeling, -
that is the way of escape from feeling.

'That ease, that pleasure
which arises owing to perception:
that is the satisfaction of perception.

That impermanence,
that suffering,
that instability
which is perception,
that is the misery of perception.

That restraint of desire and lust,
that renouncing of desire and lust
which are in perception, -
that is the way of escape from perception.

'That ease, that pleasure
which arises owing to the activities:
that is the satisfaction of the activities.

That impermanence,
that suffering,
that instability
which is the activities,
that is the misery of the activities.

That restraint of desire and lust,
that renouncing of desire and lust
which are in the activities, -
that is the way of escape from the activities.

'That ease, that pleasure
which arises owing to consciousness:
that is the satisfaction of the consciousness.

That impermanence,
that suffering,
that instability
which is consciousness,
that is the misery of consciousness.

That restraint of desire and lust,
that renouncing of desire and lust
which are in consciousness, -
that is the way of escape from consciousness.

 


 

[28] So long, brethren, as I did not thoroughly understand,
as they really are,
the satisfaction of these five factors of grasping as such,
the misery of it as such,
the way of escape from it as such, -
so long, brethren, was I doubtful
whether I was enlightened
with that supreme enlightenment,
unsurpassed in the world
with its devas,
its Maras,
its Brahmas,
among the host of recluses and brahmins
and of devas and men.

But as soon, brethren, as I thoroughly understood,
as they really are,
the satisfaction of these five factors of grasping as such,
the misery of it as such,
the way of escape from it as such, -
then, brethren, I knew for certain
that I was enlightened
with that supreme enlightenment
unsurpassed in the world,
with its devas,
its Maras,
its Brahmas,
among the host of recluses and brahmins,
and of devas and men.

Then, indeed, the knowledge arose in me
and insight aröse in me: -

'Sure is my release.

This is my last birth.

There is no more rebirth for me now.'"[2]

 


[1] Cf. S. ii, 171.

[2] See The First Sermon, Vin i, 10; S. v, 420. Buddhist Suttas (R.D.), 152-3. Also K.S. ii, 114.


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