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Samyutta Nikaya:
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Mulapannasa
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 28

Aditta Suttam

On Fire

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

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[19] [10]

[1][than][nymo][olds][bodh] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Gaya
on Gaya Head[1]
with a thousand brethren.

Then the Exalted One said to the brethren:

"Brethren, the all is on fire.

What all, brethren, is on fire?

The eye, brethren, is on fire,
objects are on fire,
eye-conseiousness, is on fire,
eye-contact, is on fire,
that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to eye-contact,-
that also is on fire.

On fire with what?

On fire with the blaze of lust,
on fire with the blaze of ill-will,
on fire with the blaze of infatuation,
on fire with the blaze of birth,
on fire with decay and death,
sorrow and grief,
woe,
lamentation
and despair.

So I declare.

The ear, brethren, is on fire,
sounds are on fire,
ear-conseiousness, is on fire,
ear-contact, is on fire,
that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to ear-contact,-
that also is on fire.

On fire with what?

On fire with the blaze of lust,
on fire with the blaze of ill-will,
on fire with the blaze of infatuation,
on fire with the blaze of birth,
on fire with decay and death,
sorrow and grief,
woe,
lamentation
and despair.

So I declare.

The nose, brethren, is on fire,
scents are on fire,
nose-conseiousness, is on fire,
nose-contact, is on fire,
that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to nose-contact,-
that also is on fire.

On fire with what?

On fire with the blaze of lust,
on fire with the blaze of ill-will,
on fire with the blaze of infatuation,
on fire with the blaze of birth,
on fire with decay and death,
sorrow and grief,
woe,
lamentation
and despair.

So I declare.

The tongue, brethren, is on fire,
savours are on fire,
tongue-conseiousness, is on fire,
tongue-contact, is on fire,
that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to tongue-contact,-
that also is on fire.

On fire with what?

On fire with the blaze of lust,
on fire with the blaze of ill-will,
on fire with the blaze of infatuation,
on fire with the blaze of birth,
on fire with decay and death,
sorrow and grief,
woe,
lamentation
and despair.

So I declare.

The body, brethren, is on fire,
things tangible are on fire,
body-conseiousness, is on fire,
body-contact, is on fire,
that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to body-contact,-
that also is on fire.

On fire with what?

On fire with the blaze of lust,
on fire with the blaze of ill-will,
on fire with the blaze of infatuation,
on fire with the blaze of birth,
on fire with decay and death,
sorrow and grief,
woe,
lamentation
and despair.

So I declare.

The mind, brethren, is on fire,
mind-states are on fire,
mind-conseiousness, is on fire,
mind-contact, is on fire,
that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to mind-contact,-
that also is on fire.

On fire with what?

On fire with the blaze of lust,
on fire with the blaze of ill-will,
on fire with the blaze of infatuation,
on fire with the blaze of birth,
on fire with decay and death,
sorrow and grief,
woe,
lamentation
and despair.

So I declare.

 


 

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Triyan disciple
is repelled by the eye,
is repelled by objects,
is repelled by eye-consciousness,
is repelled by eye-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to eye-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Triyan disciple
is repelled by the ear,
is repelled by sounds,
is repelled by ear-consciousness,
is repelled by ear-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to ear-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Triyan disciple
is repelled by the nose,
is repelled by scents,
is repelled by nose-consciousness,
is repelled by nose-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to nose-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Triyan disciple
is repelled by the tongue,
is repelled by savours,
is repelled by tongue-consciousness,
is repelled by tongue-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to tongue-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Triyan disciple
is repelled by the body,
is repelled by things tactile,
is repelled by body-consciousness,
is repelled by body-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to body-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Triyan disciple
is repelled by the mind,
is repelled by mind-states,
is repelled by mind-consciousness,
is repelled by mind-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to mind-contact.

Being repelled by these,
he lusts not for them.

Not lusting he is set free.

In this freedom
comes insight
that it is a being free.

Thus he realizes:

'Rebirth is destroyed,
lived is the righteous life,
done is the task.

For life in these conditions
there is no hereafter.'"

Thus spake the Exalted One,
and those brethren were pleased
at the words of the Exalted One
and welcomed them.

And when the teaching was thus expounded
the hearts of those thousand brethren
were utterly set free from the asavas.

 


[1] Vin. 1, 34. This is the third recorded address of Gotama. His little band of fellow-teachers was now expanded and constituted as a monk-community. Cf. Psalms of the Brethren, 207; KhpA. i, 202; PvA. 19.


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