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Saɱyutta Nikāya
II. Nidāna Vagga
XII. Nidāna Saɱyutta
III. Dasabalā Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
Part II. The Book Called the Nidāna-Vagga
Containing Kindred sayings on Cause
and Other Subjects
XII. The Kindred Sayings on Cause
III. The 'Ten Powers' Suttas

Sutta 29

Samaṇa-Brāhmaṇa Suttaṃ

Recluses and Brahmins (1)

Translated by Mrs. Rhys Davids
Assisted by F. L. Woodward

Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
Public Domain

 


[45] [34]

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Sāvatthī.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

'Brethren!'

'Master!' responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

'Those recluses and brahmins, brethren,
whoever they be,
who do not understand what is decay-and-death,
who do not understand the uprising of decay-and-death,
who do not understand the ceasing of decay-and-death,
who do not understand the way going to the ceasing of decay-and-death;

who do not understand what is birth,
who do not understand the uprising of birth,
who do not understand the ceasing of birth,
who do not understand the way going to the ceasing of birth;

who do not understand what is becoming,
who do not understand the uprising of becoming,
who do not understand the ceasing of becoming,
who do not understand the way going to the ceasing of becoming;

who do not understand what is grasping,
who do not understand the uprising of grasping,
who do not understand the ceasing of grasping,
who do not understand the way going to the ceasing of grasping;

who do not understand what is craving,
who do not understand the uprising of craving,
who do not understand the ceasing of craving,
who do not understand the way going to the ceasing of craving;

who do not understand what is feeling,
who do not understand the uprising of feeling,
who do not understand the ceasing of feeling,
who do not understand the way going to the ceasing of feeling;

who do not understand what is contact,
who do not understand the uprising of contact,
who do not understand the ceasing of contact,
who do not understand the way going to the ceasing of contact;

who do not understand what is sense,
who do not understand the uprising of sense,
who do not understand the ceasing of sense,
who do not understand the way going to the ceasing of sense;

who do not understand what is name-and-shape,
who do not understand the uprising of name-and-shape,
who do not understand the ceasing of name-and-shape,
who do not understand the way going to the ceasing of name-and-shape;

who do not understand what is consciousness,
who do not understand the uprising of consciousness,
who do not understand the ceasing of consciousness,
who do not understand the way going to the ceasing of consciousness;

who do not understand what are activities,
who do not understand the uprising of activities,
who do not understand the ceasing of activities,
who do not understand the way going to the ceasing of activities;

they are not approved
as recluses among recluses,
nor as brahmins among brahmins;
nor have those venerable ones thoroughly known,
[35] attained to
and realized for themselves
even in this present stage of life
the meaning and goal[1]
of what it is to be a recluse or a brahmin.

 


 

'And those recluses and brahmins, brethren,
whoever they be,
who do understand what is decay-and-death,
who do understand the uprising of decay-and-death,
who do understand the ceasing of decay-and-death,
who do understand the way going to the ceasing of decay-and-death;

who do understand what is birth,
who do understand the uprising of birth,
who do understand the ceasing of birth,
who do understand the way going to the ceasing of birth;

who do understand what is becoming,
who do understand the uprising of becoming,
who do understand the ceasing of becoming,
who do understand the way going to the ceasing of becoming;

who do understand what is grasping,
who do understand the uprising of grasping,
who do understand the ceasing of grasping,
who do understand the way going to the ceasing of grasping;

who do understand what is craving,
who do understand the uprising of craving,
who do understand the ceasing of craving,
who do understand the way going to the ceasing of craving;

who do understand what is feeling,
who do understand the uprising of feeling,
who do understand the ceasing of feeling,
who do understand the way going to the ceasing of feeling;

who do understand what is contact,
who do understand the uprising of contact,
who do understand the ceasing of contact,
who do understand the way going to the ceasing of contact;

who do understand what is sense,
who do understand the uprising of sense,
who do understand the ceasing of sense,
who do understand the way going to the ceasing of sense;

who do understand what is name-and-shape,
who do understand the uprising of name-and-shape,
who do understand the ceasing of name-and-shape,
who do understand the way going to the ceasing of name-and-shape;

who do understand what is consciousness,
who do understand the uprising of consciousness,
who do understand the ceasing of consciousness,
who do understand the way going to the ceasing of consciousness;

who do understand what are activities,
who do understand the uprising of activities,
who do understand the ceasing of activities,
who do understand the way going to the ceasing of activities;

they are approved
as recluses among recluses,
nor as brahmins among brahmins;
and those venerable ones have thoroughly known,
attained to
and realized for themselves
even in this present stage of life
the meaning and goal
of what it is to be a recluse or a brahmin.

 


[1] Attha means matter, meaning, object and thing sought, and profit, good or salvation. No word is harder to translate adequately.


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