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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Dutiya
4. Channa 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
4. The Chapter on Channa and Others

Sutta 84

Paloka-dhamma Suttam

Transitory

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

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[53] [28]

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

Then the venerable Ananda 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 the venerable Ananda said to the Exalted One: -

"'The world! The world!' is the saying, lord.

Pray how far, lord, does this saying go?"

[29] What is transitory[1] by nature, Ananda,
is called 'the world' in the Ariyan discipline.

And what, Ananda, is transitory by nature?

'The eye, Ananda, is transitory by nature,
objects are transitory by nature,
eye-consciousness is transitory by nature,
eye-contact is transitory by nature,
that weal or woe or neutral state that arises through eye-contact, brother,
that also is transitory by nature.

The ear, Ananda, is transitory by nature,
sounds, are transitory by nature,||
ear-consciousness is transitory by nature,
ear-contact is transitory by nature,
that weal or woe or neutral state that arises through ear-contact,
that also is transitory by nature.

The nose, Ananda, is transitory by nature,
scents, are transitory by nature,
nose-consciousness, is transitory by nature,
nose-contact, is transitory by nature,
that weal or woe or neutral state that arises through nose-contact,
that also is transitory by nature.

The tongue, Ananda, is transitory by nature,
savours, are transitory by nature,
tongue-consciousness, is transitory by nature,
tongue-contact, is transitory by nature,
that weal or woe or neutral state that arises through tongue-contact,
that also is transitory by nature.

The body, Ananda, is transitory by nature,
tangibles, are transitory by nature,
body-consciousness, is transitory by nature,
body-contact, is transitory by nature,
that weal or woe or neutral state that arises through body-contact,
that also is transitory by nature.

The mind, Ananda, is transitory by nature,
mind-states, are transitory by nature,
mind-consciousness, is transitory by nature,
mind-contact, is transitory by nature,
that weal or woe or neutral state that arises through mind-contact,
that also is transitory by nature.

What is thus transitory, Ananda,
is called 'the world' in the Arivan discipline."

 


[1] Paloka-dhamma = bhijjanaka, Comy., and at Par. Jot., Comy. 506, palokinan jaramaranehi palujjana-dhamman. Cf. S. iii, 167 (K.S. iii, 143 n.).


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