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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Dutiya
3. Gilana 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 'Second Fifty' Suttas
3. The Chapter on the Sick Man

Sutta 76

Anicca Suttam (aka: Radha Suttam (i))

Radha (i)

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

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[48] [25]

[1][bodh] At Savatthi was the occasion (for this discourse)

Then the venerable Radha[1] came to see the Exalted One,
and on coming to him
saluted him
and sat down at one side.

As he sat at one side he said to the Exalted One: -

"Well for me, lord, if the Exalted One would teach me a teaching in brief,
hearing which I might dwell
remote and earnest,
ardent and aspiring."

"What is impermanent, Radha, -
for that you must abandon desire.

And what is impermanent, Radha?

The eye is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

Objects are impermanent,
for them you must abandon desire.

Eye-consciousness is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

Eye-contact is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

That weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to eye-contact is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

The ear is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

Sounds are impermanent,
for them you must abandon desire.

Ear-consciousness is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

Ear-contact is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

That weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to ear-contact is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

The nose is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

Scents are impermanent,
for them you must abandon desire.

Nose-consciousness is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

Nose-contact is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

That weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to nose-contact is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

The tongue is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

Savours are impermanent,
for them you must abandon desire.

Tongue-consciousness is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

Tongue-contact is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

That weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to tongue-contact is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

The body is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

Tangibles are impermanent,
for them you must abandon desire.

Body-consciousness is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

Body-contact is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

That weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to body-contact is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

The mind is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

Mind-states are impermanent,
for them you must abandon desire.

Mind-consciousness is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

Mind-contact is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

That weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to mind-contact is impermanent,
for that you must abandon desire.

What is impermanent,
you must abandon desire for that."

 


[1] For Radha cf. K.S. iii, 66, II 155-63; Brethren, 115.


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