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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 144

Bahira-Anatta aka Hetuna Bahira Suttam (iii)

The External, by Way of Condition (iii)

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 without the self.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of objects,
that also is without the self.

Owing to that which is without the self
objects have come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could objects be of the self?|| ||

"Sounds, Brethren, are without the self.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of sounds,
that also is without the self.

Owing to that which is without the self
sounds have come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could sounds be of the self?|| ||

"Scents, Brethren, are without the self.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of scents,
that also is without the self.

Owing to that which is without the self
scents have come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could scents be of the self?|| ||

"Savours, Brethren, are without the self.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of savours,
that also is without the self.

Owing to that which is without the self
savours have come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could savours be of the self?|| ||

"Tangibles, Brethren, are without the self.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of tangibles,
that also is without the self.

Owing to that which is without the self
tangibles have come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could tanglbles be of the self?|| ||

"Mind-states, Brethren, are without the self.

Whatever condition,
whatever cause there be
for the appearance of mind-states,
that also is without the self.

Owing to that which is without the self
mind-states have come into being, brethren.|| ||

How could mind-states be of the self?|| ||

 


 

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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