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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 143

Bahira-Dukkha aka Hetuna Bahira Suttam (ii)

The External, by Way of Condition (ii)

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

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[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:

"Objects, Brethren, are suffering.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of objects,
that also is suffering.

Owing to suffering
objects have come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could objects be pleasant?|| ||

"Sounds, Brethren, are suffering.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of sounds,
that also is suffering.

Owing to suffering
sounds have come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could sounds be pleasant?|| ||

"Scents, Brethren, are suffering.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of scents,
that also is suffering.

Owing to suffering
scents have come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could scents be pleasant?|| ||

"Savours, Brethren, are suffering.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of savours,
that also is suffering.

Owing to suffering
savours have come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could savours be pleasant?|| ||

"Tangibles, Brethren, are suffering.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of tangibles,
that also is suffering.

Owing to suffering
tangibles have come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could tanglbles be pleasant?|| ||

"Mind-states, Brethren, are suffering.

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

Owing to suffering
mind-states have come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could mind-states be pleasant?|| ||

 


 

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.'"


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