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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Dutiya
5. Sala Vagga

The Book of the
Kindred Sayings
35: Kindred Sayings the Sixfold Sphere of Sense The 'Second Fifty' Suttas
5. The Chapter of the Six

Sutta 98

Samvara Suttam

Restraint

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

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[1][bodh]Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One once staying near Savatthi.

Then the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren."

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

The Exalted One thus spake:

"I will teach you, Brethren, restraint
and lack of restraint.

Do ye listen to it.

And how, Brethren, is one unrestrained?

There are, Brethren, objects cognizable by the eye,
objects desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother be enamoured of them,
if he welcome them,
if he persist in clinging to them,
thus should he understand:

'I am falling back in profitable states.

This was called "falling back" by the Exalted One.'

There are, Brethren, sounds cognizable by the ear,
sounds desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother be enamoured of them,
if he welcome them,
if he persist in clinging to them,
thus should he understand:

'I am falling back in profitable states.

This was called "falling back" by the Exalted One.'

There are, Brethren, scents cognizable by the nose,
scents desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother be enamoured of them,
if he welcome them,
if he persist in clinging to them,
thus should he understand:

'I am falling back in profitable states.

This was called "falling back" by the Exalted One.'

There are, Brethren, savours cognizable by the tongue,
savours desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother be enamoured of them,
if he welcome them,
if he persist in clinging to them,
thus should he understand:

'I am falling back in profitable states.

This was called "falling back" by the Exalted One.'

There are, Brethren, tangibles cognizable by the body,
tangibles desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother be enamoured of them,
if he welcome them,
if he persist in clinging to them,
thus should he understand:

'I am falling back in profitable states.

This was called "falling back" by the Exalted One.'

There are, Brethren, mind-states cognizable by the mind,
mind-states desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother be enamoured of them,
if he welcome them,
if he persist in clinging to them,
thus should he understand:

'I am falling back in profitable states.

This was called "falling back" by the Exalted One.'

Thus, Brethren, is one unrestrained.

 


 

And how, Brethren, is one restrained?

There are, Brethren, objects cognizable by the eye,
objects desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother not be enamoured of them,
if he welcome them not,
if he persist not in clinging to them,
thus should he understand:

'I am not falling back in profitable states.

This was called "not falling back" by the Exalted One.'

There are, Brethren, sounds cognizable by the ear,
sounds desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother not be enamoured of them,
if he welcome them not,
if he persist not in clinging to them,
thus should he understand:

'I am not falling back in profitable states.

This was called "not falling back" by the Exalted One.'

There are, Brethren, scents cognizable by the nose,
scents desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother not be enamoured of them,
if he welcome them not,
if he persist not in clinging to them,
thus should he understand:

'I am not falling back in profitable states.

This was called "not falling back" by the Exalted One.'

There are, Brethren, savours cognizable by the tongue,
savours desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother not be enamoured of them,
if he welcome them not,
if he persist not in clinging to them,
thus should he understand:

'I am not falling back in profitable states.

This was called "not falling back" by the Exalted One.'

There are, Brethren, tangibles cognizable by the body,
tangibles desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother not be enamoured of them,
if he welcome them not,
if he persist not in clinging to them,
thus should he understand:

'I am not falling back in profitable states.

This was called "not falling back" by the Exalted One.'

There are, Brethren, mind-states cognizable by the mind,
mind-states desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother not be enamoured of them,
if he welcome them not,
if he persist not in clinging to them,
thus should he understand:

'I am not falling back in profitable states.

This was called "not falling back" by the Exalted One.'

Thus, Brethren, is one restrained.


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