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Saɱyutta Nikāya
II. Nidāna Vagga
21. Bhikkhusaɱyutta

Sutta 2

Upatissa (Sāriputta) Suttaɱ

About Upatissa (Sariputta)

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

 


 

[1][rhyc][bodh] At Savatthi.

[2][rhyc] There Ven. Sariputta addressed the monks:

"Friends!"

"Yes, friend," the monks responded.

[3][rhyc] Ven. Sariputta said,

"Friends, just now as I was withdrawn in seclusion,
this train of thought arose to my awareness:

'Is there anything in the world
with whose change or alteration
there would arise within me
sorrow, lamentation,
pain, distress, and
despair?'

Then the thought occurred to me:

'There is nothing in the world
with whose change or alteration
there would arise within me
sorrow, lamentation,
pain, distress, and
despair.'"

[4][rhyc] When this was said,
Ven. Ananda said to Ven. Sariputta,

"Sariputta my friend,
even if there were change and alteration in the Teacher
would there arise within you no
sorrow, lamentation,
pain, distress, or
despair?"

[5][rhyc] "Even if there were change and alteration in the Teacher,
my friend,
there would arise within me no
sorrow, lamentation,
pain, distress, or
despair.

Still, I would have this thought:

'What a great being,
of great might,
of great prowess,
has disappeared!

For if the Blessed One were to remain
for a long time,
that would be for the benefit of many people,
for the happiness of many people,
out of sympathy for the world;
for the welfare,
benefit,
and happiness
of human and divine beings.'"

[6][rhyc] "Surely," [said Ven. Ananda,]
"it's because Ven. Sariputta's
I-making and mine-making
and obsessions with conceit
have long been well uprooted
that even if there were change and alteration in the Teacher,
there would arise within him no
sorrow, lamentation,
pain, distress, or
despair."

 


 

See also:
DN 16;
SN XLVII.13.

 


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