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Saɱyutta Nikāya
I. Sagatha Vagga
2. Devaputtasamyutta

Sutta 19

Uttara Sutta

Uttara the Deva's Son

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons

 


 

[19.1][rhyc] At Rajagaha. As he was standing to one side,
Uttara the deva's son recited this verse in the Blessed One's presence:

Life is swept along,
next-to-nothing its span.
For one swept on by aging
    no shelters exist.
Perceiving this danger in death,
one should do deeds of merit
    that bring about bliss.

[The Buddha:]

Life is swept along,
next-to-nothing its span.
For one swept to old age
    no shelters exist.
Perceiving this danger in death,
one should drop the world's bait
    and look for peace.

 


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