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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Tatiya
4. Devadaha 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
4. The Chapter on Devadaha

Sutta 134

Devadahakhana Suttam

The Moment at Devadaha[1]

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

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[124] [80]

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying among the Sakkas at Devadaha,[2] a township of the Sakkas.

Then the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren."

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

The Exalted One thus spake:

"I do not declare, Brethren,
that for all brothers
there is need to strive earnestly
in respect of the sixfold sphere of sense.

Yet do I not declare
that for all brothers
there is no need so to strive earnestly
in respect of the sixfold sphere of sense.

Those brethren who are Arahants,
destroyers of the asavas,
who have lived the life,
done the task,
removed the burden,
who have won their own highest good,
utterly destroyed the fetters of becoming,
who by right insight
have become free, -
for such, Brethren, I declare
that in respect of the sixfold sphere of sense
there is no need to strive earnestly.

Why so?

Because they have wrought so earnestly
as to be incapable of carelessness.

But those brothers who are yet earnest-minded pupils,[3]
who dwell aspiring
for the security that is unsurpassed, -
by those brothers I declare
that in respect of the sixfold sphere of sense
there is need to strive earnestly.

Why so?

Because, Brethren,
there are objects cognizable by the eye,
objects delightful or repulsive.

Though they touch the heart again and again,[4]
yet they cannot altogether lay hold of it
and so persist.

By their failure to lay hold of the heart
comes strenuous energy unquailing.

Mindfulness is set up untroubled.

The body is calmed,
not perturbed.

The heart is collected,
one-pointed.

Seeing this fruit of earnestness, Brethren,
I declare that such brothers
do need to strive earnestly
in respect of the sixfold sphere of sense.

There are objects cognizable by the ear,
objects delightful or repulsive.

Though they touch the heart again and again,
yet they cannot altogether lay hold of it
and so persist.

By their failure to lay hold of the heart
comes strenuous energy unquailing.

Mindfulness is set up untroubled.

The body is calmed,
not perturbed.

The heart is collected,
one-pointed.

Seeing this fruit of earnestness, Brethren,
I declare that such brothers
do need to strive earnestly
in respect of the sixfold sphere of sense.

There are objects cognizable by the nose,
objects delightful or repulsive.

Though they touch the heart again and again,
yet they cannot altogether lay hold of it
and so persist.

By their failure to lay hold of the heart
comes strenuous energy unquailing.

Mindfulness is set up untroubled.

The body is calmed,
not perturbed.

The heart is collected,
one-pointed.

Seeing this fruit of earnestness, Brethren,
I declare that such brothers
do need to strive earnestly
in respect of the sixfold sphere of sense.

There are objects cognizable by the tongue,
objects delightful or repulsive.

Though they touch the heart again and again,
yet they cannot altogether lay hold of it
and so persist.

By their failure to lay hold of the heart
comes strenuous energy unquailing.

Mindfulness is set up untroubled.

The body is calmed,
not perturbed.

The heart is collected,
one-pointed.

Seeing this fruit of earnestness, Brethren,
I declare that such brothers
do need to strive earnestly
in respect of the sixfold sphere of sense.

There are objects cognizable by the body,
objects delightful or repulsive.

Though they touch the heart again and again,
yet they cannot altogether lay hold of it
and so persist.

By their failure to lay hold of the heart
comes strenuous energy unquailing.

Mindfulness is set up untroubled.

The body is calmed,
not perturbed.

The heart is collected,
one-pointed.

Seeing this fruit of earnestness, Brethren,
I declare that such brothers
do need to strive earnestly
in respect of the sixfold sphere of sense.

There are objects cognizable by the mind,
objects delightful or repulsive.

Though they touch the heart again and again,
yet they cannot altogether lay hold of it
and so persist.

By their failure to lay hold of the heart
comes strenuous energy unquailing.

Mindfulness is set up untroubled.

The body is calmed,
not perturbed.

The heart is collected,
one-pointed.

Seeing this fruit of earnestness, Brethren,
I declare that such brothers
do need to strive earnestly
in respect of the sixfold sphere of sense.

 


[1] Devadaha-khhano. The 'moment' is referred to in I 135.

[2] Cf. K.S. iii, 6 n.

[3] Sekha.

[4] Phussa-phussa. Cf. D. i, 45 for the double, and for the figure of speech cf. S. ii, 235; K.S. iii, 17 n. (cittan na pariyadaya titthanti).


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