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Saŋyutta Nikaya
Nidāna Vagga
Abhisamaya Saŋyutta

Sutta 1

Nakhasikhā Suttaṃ

The Fingernail

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts][wp][than] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time, Bhagava, round Savatthi revisiting, Jeta woods, Anathapindika's park

[2][pts][wp][ati] There, Bhagava raised up an itty-bitti-bit-a Dust on a nail-tip and said to the Beggars:

Now what do you think, Beggars?

Which is the greater, that bit of Dust I have taken and raised up on my nail-tip or this great Earth?

[3][pts][wp][ati] That which is greater, bhante, is this great Earth
of small measure is that bit of dust Bhagava has raised up on his nail-tip
not even a hundredth part does it come to,
not a thousandth part,
not a hundred-thousandth part
does that bit of dust Bhagava has raised up on his nail-tip come to
compared with this Great Earth.

[4][pts][wp][ati] Even so, Beggars, the noble listener
succeeding in view,
a person who has overcome,
has thoroughly burnt off,
thoroughly given up that which is the greater dukkha,
of small measure is that which remains
not even a hundredth part does it come to,
not a thousandth part,
not a hundred-thousandth part
does it come to;
being here seven more times tops,
is of small measure compared to
that former pile of dukkha of his
which has been thoroughly burnt off,
thoroughly given up.

[5][pts][wp][ati] Such a great attainment is it beggars,
this overcoming-dhamma,
such a great attainment is it,
this gaining the eye of dhamma.


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