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Samyutta Nikaya:
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
3. Sabba Vagga

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
IV. The Book of the Six Sense Bases
35: Connected Discourses on the Six Sense Bases
The Root Fifty
3. The Chapter on The All

Sutta 23

Sabba Suttam

The All[1]

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

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[1][olds][than][bodh] 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:


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

The Exalted One said:

"Brethren, I will teach you the all.

Do you listen to it.

And what, Brethren, is the all?

It is eye and object,
ear and sound,
nose and scent,
tongue and savour,
body and things tangible,
mind and mind-states.

That, Brethren, is called 'the all.'

Whoso, Brethren, should say:

'Rejecting this all,
I will proclaim another all, -
it would be mere talk[2] on his part,
and when questioned
he could not make good his boast,
and further would come to an ill pass.

Why so?

Because, Brethren, it would be beyond his scope[3] to do so.'


[1] See Buddh. Psych., 74; Pts of Controv., 85 n. At K.S. ii, 52, sabbam means 'the universe ' (as existing in reality).

[2] Vaca-vatthu, 'baaed on talk.' Vacaya vattabba vatthu-mattakam eva bhaveyya. Comy.

[3] 'He might just as well try to lift a roof-pinnacle on his head, or ford a deep water, or pull down sun and moon.' Comy.

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