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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 18

Dutiya No Ve Assada (No Cetena 2) Suttam

Without satisfaction (ii)

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, if there were not this satisfaction which comes from objects,
beings would not lust after objects.

But inasmuch as there is satisfaction in objects,
therefore beings lust after objects.

If misery, Brethren, pertained not to objects,
beings would not be repelled by objects.

But inasmuch as there is misery in objects,
beings are repelled by objects.

If there were no way of escape from objects,
beings could not escape from objects.

But inasmuch as there is a way of escape from objects,
beings do escape from objects.

"Brethren, if there were not this satisfaction which comes from sounds,
beings would not lust after sounds.

But inasmuch as there is satisfaction in sounds,
therefore beings lust after sounds.

If misery, Brethren, pertained not to sounds,
beings would not be repelled by sounds.

But inasmuch as there is misery in sounds,
beings are repelled by sounds.

If there were no way of escape from sounds,
beings could not escape from sounds.

But inasmuch as there is a way of escape from sounds,
beings do escape from sounds.

"Brethren, if there were not this satisfaction which comes from scents,
beings would not lust after scents.

But inasmuch as there is satisfaction in scents,
therefore beings lust after scents.

If misery, Brethren, pertained not to scents,
beings would not be repelled by scents.

But inasmuch as there is misery in scents,
beings are repelled by scents.

If there were no way of escape from scents,
beings could not escape from scents.

But inasmuch as there is a way of escape from scents,
beings do escape from scents.

"Brethren, if there were not this satisfaction which comes from savours,
beings would not lust after savours.

But inasmuch as there is satisfaction in savours,
therefore beings lust after savours.

If misery, Brethren, pertained not to savours,
beings would not be repelled by savours.

But inasmuch as there is misery in savours,
beings are repelled by savours.

If there were no way of escape from savours,
beings could not escape from savours.

But inasmuch as there is a way of escape from savours,
beings do escape from savours.

"Brethren, if there were not this satisfaction which comes from things tactile,
beings would not lust after things tactile.

But inasmuch as there is satisfaction in things tactile,
therefore beings lust after things tactile.

If misery, Brethren, pertained not to things tactile,
beings would not be repelled by things tactile.

But inasmuch as there is misery in things tactile,
beings are repelled by things tactile.

If there were no way of escape from things tactile,
beings could not escape from things tactile.

But inasmuch as there is a way of escape from things tactile,
beings do escape from things tactile.

"Brethren, if there were not this satisfaction which comes from mind-states,
beings would not lust after mind-states.

But inasmuch as there is satisfaction in mind-states,
therefore beings lust after mind-states.

If misery, Brethren, pertained not to mind-states,
beings would not be repelled by mind-states.

But inasmuch as there is misery in mind-states,
beings are repelled by mind-states.

If there were no way of escape from mind-states,
beings could not escape from mind-states.

But inasmuch as there is a way of escape from mind-states,
beings do escape from mind-states.

So long, Brethren, as beings have not understood,
as they really are,
the satisfaction as such,
the misery as such,
the way of escape as such,
in this sixfold external sphere of sense,
so long, Brethren, beings have not remained aloof,
detached,
separated,
with the barriers to the mind nor have the world
and its devas,
its Maras,
its Brahmas,
nor the host of recluses and brahmins,
of devas and mankind.

But so soon, Brethren, as beings thoroughly understand,
as they really are
the satisfaction as such,
the misery as such,
the way of escape as such,
in this sixfold external sphere of sense,
then, Brethren, beings and the world
and its devas,
its Maras,
its Brahmas,
and the host of recluses and brahmins,
of devas and mankind
do remain aloof,
detached,
separated,
with the barriers to the mind done away with.


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