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Samyutta Nikaya:
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Mulapannasa
1. Anicca Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
IV. Kindred Sayings on the 'Six-Fold Sphere' of Sense and Other Subjects
35: Kindred Sayings the Sixfold Sphere of Sense
'The First Fifty' Suttas
1. The First Chapter on Impermanence

Sutta 12

Dutiya Bahira Anatta Suttam (Anatta 4; Bahiram)

Void of the Self (iv): The External

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

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[1]Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Savatthi, at Jeta Grove, in Anathapindika's, Park.

Then the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren."

"Lord," responded those brethren to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One thus spake:

"Objects, brethren, are void of the self,
both in the past and in the future,
not to speak of the present.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
cares not for an object that is past,
is not in love with an object to be,
and, for a present object,
seeks to be repelled by it,
seeks dispassion for it,
seeks the ceasing of it.

"Sounds, brethren, are void of the self,
both in the past and in the future,
not to speak of the present.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
cares not for a sound that is past,
is not in love with a sound to be,
and, for a present sound,
seeks to be repelled by it,
seeks dispassion for it,
seeks the ceasing of it.

"Scents, brethren, are void of the self,
both in the past and in the future,
not to speak of the present.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
cares not for a scent that is past,
is not in love with a scent to be,
and, for a present scent,
seeks to be repelled by it,
seeks dispassion for it,
seeks the ceasing of it.

"Savours, brethren, are void of the self,
both in the past and in the future,
not to speak of the present.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
cares not for a savour that is past,
is not in love with a savour to be,
and, for a present savour,
seeks to be repelled by it,
seeks dispassion for it,
seeks the ceasing of it.

"Things tangible, brethren, are void of the self,
both in the past and in the future,
not to speak of the present.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
cares not for things tangible that are past,
is not in love with things tangible to be,
and, for the present things tangible,
seeks to be repelled by them,
seeks dispassion for them,
seeks the ceasing of them.

"Mind-states, brethren, are void of the self,
both in the past and in the future,
not to speak of the present.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
cares not for mind-states that are past,
is not in love with mind-states to be,
and, for present mind-states,
seeks to be repelled by them,
seeks dispassion for them,
seeks the ceasing of them.


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