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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 139

Ajjhatta-Anicca aka Hetuna Ajjhatta Suttam

The Personal, by Way of Condition (i)[1]

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

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[129] [84]

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying among the Sakkas at Devadaha,
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:

"The eye, Brethren, is impermanent.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of the eye,
that also is impermanent.

Owing to impermanence
the eye has come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could the eye be permanent?|| ||

"The ear, Brethren, is impermanent.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of the ear,
that also is impermanent.

Owing to impermanence
the ear has come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could the ear be permanent?|| ||

"The nose, Brethren, is impermanent.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of the nose,
that also is impermanent.

Owing to impermanence
the nose has come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could the nose be permanent?|| ||

"The tongue, Brethren, is impermanent.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of the tongue,
that also is impermanent.

Owing to impermanence
the tongue has come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could the tongue be permanent?|| ||

"The body, Brethren, is impermanent.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of the body,
that also is impermanent.

Owing to impermanence
the body has come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could the body be permanent?|| ||

"The mind, Brethren, is impermanent.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of the mind,
that also is impermanent.

Owing to impermanence
the mind has come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could the mind be permanent?|| ||

 


 

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by the eye,
is repelled by objects,
is repelled by eye-consciousness,
is repelled by eye-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to eye-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by the ear,
is repelled by sounds,
is repelled by ear-consciousness,
is repelled by ear-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to ear-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by the nose,
is repelled by scents,
is repelled by nose-consciousness,
is repelled by nose-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to nose-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by the tongue,
is repelled by savours,
is repelled by tongue-consciousness,
is repelled by tongue-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to tongue-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by the body,
is repelled by things tactile,
is repelled by body-consciousness,
is repelled by body-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to body-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by the mind,
is repelled by mind-states,
is repelled by mind-consciousness,
is repelled by mind-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to mind-contact.

Being repelled by these,
he lusts not for them.

Not lusting he is set free.

In this freedom
comes insight
that it is a being free.

Thus he realizes:

'Rebirth is destroyed,
lived is the righteous life,
done is the task.

For life in these conditions
there is no hereafter.'"

 


[1] See above, p. 52


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