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Samyutta Nikaya:
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
2. Yamaka Vagga

The Book of the
Kindred Sayings
35: Kindred Sayings the Sixfold Sphere of Sense
2. The Second Chapter on the Pairs

Sutta 16

Dutiya Assadapariyesana (Assadena 2) Suttam

By Satisfaction 2

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 said:

"Brethren, I practised the search after
the satisfaction which is in objects,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is satisfaction of objects,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

Brethren, I practised the search after
the misery which is in objects,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is misery of objects,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

Brethren, I practised the search after
the way of escape from objects,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is a way of escape from objects,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

"Brethren, I practised the search after
the satisfaction which is in sounds,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is satisfaction of sounds,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

Brethren, I practised the search after
the misery which is in sounds,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is misery of sounds,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

Brethren, I practised the search after
the way of escape from sounds,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is a way of escape from sounds,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

"Brethren, I practised the search after
the satisfaction which is in scents,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is satisfaction of scents,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

Brethren, I practised the search after
the misery which is in scents,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is misery of scents,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

Brethren, I practised the search after
the way of escape from scents,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is a way of escape from scents,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

"Brethren, I practised the search after
the satisfaction which is in savours,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is satisfaction of savours,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

Brethren, I practised the search after
the misery which is in savours,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is misery of savours,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

Brethren, I practised the search after
the way of escape from savours,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is a way of escape from savours,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

"Brethren, I practised the search after
the satisfaction which is in things tangible,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is satisfaction of things tangible,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

Brethren, I practised the search after
the misery which is in things tangible,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is misery of things tangible,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

Brethren, I practised the search after
the way of escape from things tangible,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is a way of escape from things tangible,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

"Brethren, I practised the search after
the satisfaction which is in mind-states,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is satisfaction of mind-states,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

Brethren, I practised the search after
the misery which is in mind-states,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is misery of mind-states,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

Brethren, I practised the search after
the way of escape from mind-states,
and to this conclusion I came:

'In so far as there is a way of escape from mind-states,
that by insight have I rightly seen.'

So long, brethren, as I did not thoroughly understand,
as they really are,
the satisfaction of this sixfold external sphere of sense 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 did thoroughly understand,
as they really are,
the satisfaction of this sixfold external sphere of sense as such,
the misery of it as such,
the way of escape from it as such, -
no longer, 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.

Then indeed the knowledge arose in me
and insight arose in me:

'Sure is my release.

This is my last birth.

There is no more rebirth for me now.'


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