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Saŋyutta Nikaya
Nidāna Vagga

Dhātu Saŋyutta

Sutta 3

Not If This

Re-Cast for you today as it would have been done in the Old-days.

By Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts][wp] I HEAR TELL once upon a time, The Lucky Man, Savatthi Town revisiting, Anathapindika Park, Jeta Grove, said this:

2. I will teach you, my friends, about the diverse data,
the descriptive identifying characteristics into which all things can be divided,
lend an ear,
pay attention,
I will explain.

3. These are the varieties of data into which all things can be divided:

Data related to the eye,
data related to visible objects,
data related to consciousness of sight;

Data related to the ear,
data related to hearable objects,
data related to consciousness of hearing;

Data related to the nose,
data related to smellable objects,
data related to consciousness of smell;

Data related to the tongue,
data related to tastable objects,
data related to consciousness of taste;

Data related to the body,
data related to touchable objects,
data related to consciousness of touch;

Data related to the mind,
data related to cognizable objects,
data related to consciousness of things;

These are the varieties of data into which all things can be divided.

 

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4. The varieties of data can be divided into data relating to the internal, personal, subjective
and data relating to the external, impersonal, objective.

 

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5. And what, friends, are the varieties of internal data?

Data related to the eye
data related to the ear,
data related to the nose,
data related to the tongue,
data related to the body,
data related to the mind.

Such, friends, are the varieties of internal data.

 

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6. It is the diversity of data that results in the diversity of internal experiences contacted by the individual.

7. And what, friends, are the diverse internal experiences contacted by the individual that result from the diversity of data?

Data related to the eye result in the individual experiencing contact related to the eye.

Data related to the ear result in the individual experiencing contact related to the ear.

Data related to the nose result in the individual experiencing contact related to the nose.

Data related to the tongue result in the individual experiencing contact related to the tongue.

Data related to the body result in the individual experiencing contact related to the body.

Data related to the mind result in the individual experiencing contact related to the mind.

Such, friends, are the diverse internal experiences contacted by the individual that result from the diversity of data.

 

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8. It is the diversity of data that results in the diversity of internal experiences contacted by the individual.

It is not that the diversity of internal experiences contacted by the individual results in the diversity of data.

9. And what are the diverse internal experiences contacted by the individual that do not result in the diverse data?

The diversity of data related to the eye results in the experience of data related to the eye contacted by the individual;
it is not that the experience of data related to the eye contacted by the individual results in the diversity of data related to the eye.

The diversity of data related to the ear results in the experience of data related to the ear contacted by the individual;
it is not that the experience of data related to the ear contacted by the individual results in the diversity of data related to the ear.

The diversity of data related to the nose results in the experience of data related to the nose contacted by the individual;
it is not that the experience of data related to the nose contacted by the individual results in the diversity of data related to the nose.

The diversity of data related to the tongue results in the experience of data related to the tongue contacted by the individual;
it is not that the experience of data related to the tongue contacted by the individual results in the diversity of data related to the tongue.

The diversity of data related to the body results in the experience of data related to the body contacted by the individual;
it is not that the experience of data related to the body contacted by the individual results in the diversity of data related to the body.

The diversity of data related to the mind results in the experience of data related to the mind contacted by the individual;
it is not that the experience of data related to the mind contacted by the individual results in the diversity of data related to the mind.

Such are the diverse internal experiences contacted by the individual that do not result in the diverse data.

 

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10. The diversity of data, friends, results in the diversity of internal contacts,
the diversity of internal contacts results in the diversity of internal sensations of pain or pleasure or of sensations that are not painful but not pleasurable experienced by the individual.

11. And what are the diverse data that result in the diverse internal contacts,
the diverse internal contacts that result in the diverse internal contacts with sensations?

Data relating to the eye, friends, results in internal contact with data relating to the eye,
internal contact with data relating to the eye results in internal contact with sensations relating to the eye.

Data relating to the ear results in internal contact with data relating to the ear,
internal contact with data relating to the ear results in internal contact with sensations relating to the ear.

Data relating to the nose results in internal contact with data relating to the nose,
internal contact with data relating to the nose results in internal contact with sensations relating to the nose.

Data relating to the tongue results in internal contact with data relating to the tongue,
internal contact with data relating to the tongue results in internal contact with sensations relating to the tongue.

Data relating to the body results in internal contact with data relating to the body,
internal contact with data relating to the body results in internal contact with sensations relating to the body.

Data relating to the mind results in internal contact with data relating to the mind,
internal contact with data relating to the mind results in internal contact with sensations relating to the mind.

Such are the diverse data that result in the diverse internal contacts,
the diverse internal contacts that result in the diverse internal contacts with sensations.

 

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11. It is the diversity of data, friends, that results in the diversity of internal contacts,
the diversity of internal contacts that results in the diversity of internal sensations.

It is not that the diversity of internal sensations results in the diversity of internal contacts,
it is not that the diversity of internal contacts results in the diversity of data.

12. And what are the diverse internal sensations that do not result in the diverse internal contacts,
the diverse internal contacts that do not result in the diverse data?

Data relating to the eye, friends, results in internal contact with data relating to the eye,
internal contact with data relating to the eye results in internal contact with sensations relating to the eye;
it is not that internal contact with sensations relating to the eye result in internal contact with data relating to the eye,
it is not that internal contact with data relating to the eye results in data relating to the eye.

Data relating to the ear results in internal contact with data relating to the ear,
internal contact with data relating to the ear results in internal contact with sensations relating to the ear;
it is not that internal contact with sensations relating to the ear result in internal contact with data relating to the ear,
it is not that internal contact with data relating to the ear results in data relating to the ear.

Data relating to the nose results in internal contact with data relating to the nose,
internal contact with data relating to the nose results in internal contact with sensations relating to the nose;
it is not that internal contact with sensations relating to the nose result in internal contact with data relating to the nose,
it is not that internal contact with data relating to the nose results in data relating to the nose.

Data relating to the tongue results in internal contact with data relating to the tongue,
internal contact with data relating to the tongue results in internal contact with sensations relating to the tongue;
it is not that internal contact with sensations relating to the tongue result in internal contact with data relating to the tongue,
it is not that internal contact with data relating to the tongue results in data relating to the tongue.

Data relating to the body results in internal contact with data relating to the body,
internal contact with data relating to the body results in internal contact with sensations relating to the body;
it is not that internal contact with sensations relating to the body result in internal contact with data relating to the body,
it is not that internal contact with data relating to the body results in data relating to the body.

Data relating to the mind results in internal contact with data relating to the mind,
internal contact with data relating to the mind results in internal contact with sensations relating to the mind;
it is not that internal contact with sensations relating to the mind result in internal contact with data relating to the mind,
it is not that internal contact with data relating to the mind results in data relating to the mind.

Such are the diverse internal sensations that do not result in the diverse internal contacts,
the diverse internal contacts that do not result in the diverse data.

Such, friends, are the varieties of data data relating to the internal, personal, subjective.

 

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13. And what, friends, are the various fundamental categories into which the external data can be divided?

Data related to visible objects;

Data related to hearable objects;

Data related to smellable objects;

Data related to tastable objects;

Data related to touchable objects;

Data related to cognizable objects.

Such are the various fundamental categories into which the external data can be divided.

 

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14. The diversity of data, friends, results in the diversity of perceptions,
the diversity of perceptions results in the diversity of principles,[1]
the diversity of principles results in the diversity of wishes,
the diversity of wishes results in the diversity of passions,
the diversity of passions results in the diversity of quests.

15. And what, beggars, are the diverse data that result in the diversity of perceptions,
the diversity of perceptions that result in the diversity of principles,
the diversity of principles that result in the diversity of wishes,
the diversity of wishes that result in the diversity of passions,
the diversity of passions that result in the diversity of quests?

Data related to form, friends, results in perception related to form,
perception of form results in principles related to form,
principles related to form result in wishes related to form,
wishes related to form result in passions related to form,
passions related to form result in quests related to form.

Data related to hearable objects, friends, results in perception related to hearable objects,
perception of hearable objects results in principles related to hearable objects,
principles related to hearable objects result in wishes related to hearable objects,
wishes related to hearable objects result in passions related to hearable objects,
passions related to hearable objects result in quests related to hearable objects.

Data related to tastable objects, friends, results in perception related to tastable objects,
perception of tastable objects results in principles related to tastable objects,
principles related to tastable objects result in wishes related to tastable objects,
wishes related to tastable objects result in passions related to tastable objects,
passions related to tastable objects result in quests related to tastable objects.

Data related to smellable objects, friends, results in perception related to smellable objects,
perception of smellable objects results in principles related to smellable objects,
principles related to smellable objects result in wishes related to smellable objects,
wishes related to smellable objects result in passions related to smellable objects,
passions related to smellable objects result in quests related to smellable objects.

Data related to touchable objects, friends, results in perception related to touchable objects,
perception of touchable objects results in principles related to touchable objects,
principles related to touchable objects result in wishes related to touchable objects,
wishes related to touchable objects result in passions related to touchable objects,
passions related to touchable objects result in quests related to touchable objects.

Data related to cognizable objects, friends, results in perception related to cognizable objects,
perception of cognizable objects results in principles related to cognizable objects,
principles related to cognizable objects result in wishes related to cognizable objects,
wishes related to cognizable objects result in passions related to cognizable objects,
passions related to cognizable objects result in quests related to cognizable objects.

 


[1] Saŋkappa. That which one considers fitting, propper: whether or not to grasp after or let go; whether or not physical harm may be employed; whether or not mental cruelty may be employed.


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