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Sanyutta Nikaya,
V: MahaVagga
56. Sacca Sanyutta
I. Samadhi Vaggo

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
Part V: The Great Chapter
56: Kindred Sayings about the Truths
I. Concentration

Sutta 7

Vitakka Suttam

Thoughts

Translated by F. L. Woodward

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[354]

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Savatthi.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, think not evil,
unprofitable thoughts,
such as:
thoughts of lust,
thoughts of hatred,
thoughts of delusion.[1]

Why do I say so?

Because, monks,
these thoughts are not concerned with profit,
they are not the rudiments of the holy life,
they conduce not to revulsion,
to dispassion,
to cessation,
to tranquillity,
to full understanding,
to the perfect wisdom,
they conduce not to Nibbana.

When ye do think, monks,
ye should think thus:

'This is ill.

This is the arising of ill.

This is the ceasing of ill.

This is the practice
that leads to the ceasing of ill.'

Why do I say this?

Because, monks,
these thoughts are concerned with profit,
they are rudiments of the holy life,
they conduce to revulsion,
to dispassion,
to cessation,
to tranquillity,
to full understanding,
to the perfect wisdom,
they conduce to Nibbana.

Wherefore, monks, an effort must be made to realize:

'This is ill.'

'This is the arising of ill.'

'This is the ceasing of ill.'

'This is the practice
that leads to the ceasing of ill.'"

 


[1] Quoted at Mil. Panh., 379.


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