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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Tatiya
3. Gahapati 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 'Third Fifty' Suttas
3. The Chapter on the Householders

Sutta 130

Haliddaka Suttam

Haliddaka[1]

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

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[115] [72]

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:

Once the venerable Kaccana the Great was staying among the folk of Avanti, at Osprey's Haunt, on a sheer mountain crag.

Then the housefather Haliddakani came to see the venerable Kaccana the Great,
and on coming to him
greeted him in friendly wise,
and after the exchange of courtesies and greetings
sat down at one side.

Seated at one side he said this to the venerable Kaccana the Great:-

"It has been said by the Exalted One, sir,|| ||

'Owing to diversity in elements
arises diversity of contact.|| ||

Owing to diversity of contact
arises diversity of feeling."[2]

Pray, sir, how far is this so?"

"Herein, housefather,
seeing a pleasant object with the eye,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'[3]

comes to know of eye-consciousness
that is pleasant to experience.

Owing to contact that is pleasant to experience
arises pleasant feeling.

When with the eye
he sees an object that is displeasing,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of eye-consciousness
that is unpleasant to experience.

Owing to contact that is unpleasant to experience
arises unpleasant feeling.

When with the eye
he sees an object that is of indifferent effect,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of eye-consciousness
that is neutral.

Owing to contact that is neutral to experience
arises feeling that is neutral.

So also, housefather,
hearing a pleasant sound with the ear,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of ear-consciousness
that is pleasant to experience.

Owing to contact that is pleasant to experience
arises pleasant feeling.

When with the ear
he hears a sound that is displeasing,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of ear-consciousness
that is unpleasant to experience.

Owing to contact that is unpleasant to experience
arises unpleasant feeling.

When with the ear
he hears a sound that is of indifferent effect,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of ear-consciousness
that is neutral.

Owing to contact that is neutral to experience
arises feeling that is neutral.

So also, housefather,
smelling a pleasant scent with the nose,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of nose-consciousness
that is pleasant to experience.

Owing to contact that is pleasant to experience
arises pleasant feeling.

When with the nose
he smells a scent that is displeasing,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of nose-consciousness
that is unpleasant to experience.

Owing to contact that is unpleasant to experience
arises unpleasant feeling.

When with the nose
he smells a scent that is of indifferent effect,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of nose-consciousness
that is neutral.

Owing to contact that is neutral to experience
arises feeling that is neutral.

So also, housefather,
tasting a pleasant savour with the tongue,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of tongue-consciousness
that is pleasant to experience.

Owing to contact that is pleasant to experience
arises pleasant feeling.

When with the tongue
he tastes a savour that is displeasing,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of tongue-consciousness
that is unpleasant to experience.

Owing to contact that is unpleasant to experience
arises unpleasant feeling.

When with the tongue
he tastes a savour that is of indifferent effect,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of tongue-consciousness
that is neutral.

Owing to contact that is neutral to experience
arises feeling that is neutral.

So also, housefather,
contacting a pleasant tangible with the body,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of body-consciousness
that is pleasant to experience.

Owing to contact that is pleasant to experience
arises pleasant feeling.

When with the body
he contacts a tangible that is displeasing,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of body-consciousness
that is unpleasant to experience.

Owing to contact that is unpleasant to experience
arises unpleasant feeling.

When with the body
he contacts a tangible that is of indifferent effect,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of body-consciousness
that is neutral.

Owing to contact that is neutral to experience
arises feeling that is neutral.

So also, housefather,
cognizes a pleasant mind-state with the mind,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of mind-consciousness
that is pleasant to experience.

Owing to contact that is pleasant to experience
arises pleasant feeling.

When with the mind
he cognizes a mind-state that is displeasing,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of mind-consciousness
that is unpleasant to experience.

Owing to contact that is unpleasant to experience
arises unpleasant feeling.

When with the mind
he cognizes a mind-state that is of indifferent effect,
a brother, at the thought

'This is such and such,'

comes to know of mind-consciousness
that is neutral.

Owing to contact that is neutral to experience
arises feeling that is neutral.

 


[1] A turmeric dyer (halidda). At K.S. iii, 10 a housefather of this name questions Mahakaccana at the same place. The name is variously spelt. For Avanti, which is N.E. of Bombay in the Vindhya Mts., see Brethren, p. 107 n., and infra. 288. For Kaccana, Vinaya i, 194; M. ii, 84; iii, 194; Brethren, CCIX, [sic. CCXXIX] etc.

[2] S. ii, 141.

[3] Itthetan (itthan = ita). Burmese MSS. read itth'etan (cupitum hoc) Comy. 'evam etan, manapam etan.'


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