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Saṃyutta Nikāya:
IV. Saḷāyatana Vagga
35: Saḷāyatana Saɱyutta
Paññāsako Dutiyo
5. Saḷa Vagga

Sutta 97

Living Dangerously

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts][bodh] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time, The Lucky Man, Savatthi-town revisiting.

There he addressed the beggars gathered round saying:

Bhikkhus!"

And "Bhaghava!" the beggars responded.|| ||

Then The Lucky Man said:

[2] "I will delineate for you, beggars, living dangerously and living carefully.

Listen up!

Pay attention!

I will speak!"

"Even so, bhante!" replied the bhikkhus.

The Lucky Man said this:

And how, beggars is there 'living dangerously?'

Living with the eye-force uncontrolled, beggars,
the heart is unreleaved[1] from the eye's-consciousness of shapes.

As such, the unreleaved heart has no enjoyment.

Not being joyful, no enthusiasm is had.

Not being enthusiastic no impassivity is had.

Not being impassive living is painful.

A heart in pain is not serene.

Without serenity things do not become clear to the heart.

With things being unclear
you thus get a measure of living dangerously.

Living with the ear-force uncontrolled, beggars,
the heart is unreleaved from the ear's-consciousness of sounds.

As such, the unreleaved heart has no enjoyment.

Not being joyful, no enthusiasm is had.

Not being enthusiastic no impassivity is had.

Not being impassive living is painful.

A heart in pain is not serene.

Without serenity things do not become clear to the heart.

With things being unclear
you thus get a measure of living dangerously.

Living with the nose-force uncontrolled, beggars,
the heart is unreleaved from the nose's-consciousness of scents.

As such, the unreleaved heart has no enjoyment.

Not being joyful, no enthusiasm is had.

Not being enthusiastic no impassivity is had.

Not being impassive living is painful.

A heart in pain is not serene.

Without serenity things do not become clear to the heart.

With things being unclear
you thus get a measure of living dangerously.

Living with the tongue-force uncontrolled, beggars,
the heart is unreleaved from the tongue's-consciousness of savours.

As such, the unreleaved heart has no enjoyment.

Not being joyful, no enthusiasm is had.

Not being enthusiastic no impassivity is had.

Not being impassive living is painful.

A heart in pain is not serene.

Without serenity things do not become clear to the heart.

With things being unclear
you thus get a measure of living dangerously.

Living with the body-force uncontrolled, beggars,
the heart is unreleaved from the body's-consciousness of touch.

As such, the unreleaved heart has no enjoyment.

Not being joyful, no enthusiasm is had.

Not being enthusiastic no impassivity is had.

Not being impassive living is painful.

A heart in pain is not serene.

Without serenity things do not become clear to the heart.

With things being unclear
you thus get a measure of living dangerously.

Living with the mind-force uncontrolled, beggars,
the heart is unreleaved from the mind's-consciousness of things.

As such, the unreleaved heart has no enjoyment.

Not being joyful, no enthusiasm is had.

Not being enthusiastic no impassivity is had.

Not being impassive living is painful.

A heart in pain is not serene.

Without serenity things do not become clear to the heart.

With things being unclear
you thus get a measure of living dangerously.

This, beggars is how there is 'living dangerously?'

 


 

And how, beggars is there 'living carefully?'

Living with the eye-force controlled, beggars,
the heart is releaved from the eye's-consciousness of shapes.

As such, enjoyment is born in the releaved heart.

With joy, enthusiasm is born.

Enthusiastic in mind, the body experiences impassivity.

Impassive in body, pleasure is experienced.

A pleased heart has arrived at serenity.

Serene in heart, things become clear.

Things being clear,
you thus get a measure of living carefully.

Living with the ear-force controlled, beggars,
the heart is releaved from the ear's-consciousness of sounds.

As such, enjoyment is born in the releaved heart.

With joy, enthusiasm is born.

Enthusiastic in mind, the body experiences impassivity.

Impassive in body, pleasure is experienced.

A pleased heart has arrived at serenity.

Serene in heart, things become clear.

Things being clear,
you thus get a measure of living carefully.

Living with the nose-force controlled, beggars,
the heart is releaved from the nose's-consciousness of scents.

As such, enjoyment is born in the releaved heart.

With joy, enthusiasm is born.

Enthusiastic in mind, the body experiences impassivity.

Impassive in body, pleasure is experienced.

A pleased heart has arrived at serenity.

Serene in heart, things become clear.

Things being clear,
you thus get a measure of living carefully.

Living with the tongue-force controlled, beggars,
the heart is releaved from the tongue's-consciousness of tastes.

As such, enjoyment is born in the releaved heart.

With joy, enthusiasm is born.

Enthusiastic in mind, the body experiences impassivity.

Impassive in body, pleasure is experienced.

A pleased heart has arrived at serenity.

Serene in heart, things become clear.

Things being clear,
you thus get a measure of living carefully.

Living with the body-force controlled, beggars,
the heart is releaved from the body's-consciousness of touch.

As such, enjoyment is born in the releaved heart.

With joy, enthusiasm is born.

Enthusiastic in mind, the body experiences impassivity.

Impassive in body, pleasure is experienced.

A pleased heart has arrived at serenity.

Serene in heart, things become clear.

Things being clear,
you thus get a measure of living carefully.

Living with the mind-force controlled, beggars,
the heart is releaved from the mind's-consciousness of things.

As such, enjoyment is born in the releaved heart.

With joy, enthusiasm is born.

Enthusiastic in mind, the body experiences impassivity.

Impassive in body, pleasure is experienced.

A pleased heart has arrived at serenity.

Serene in heart, things become clear.

Things being clear,
you thus get a measure of living carefully.

This, beggars is how there is 'living dangerously?'

 


[1] (na) vyāsiñcati. Alternatively (and more precisely): "...the heart is (is not) pissed on by the eye's-consciousness of shapes."

 


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