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Saɱyutta Nikāya
II. Nidāna Vagga
XII. Nidāna Saɱyutta
VI. Rukkha Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
Part II. The Book Called the Nidāna-Vagga
Containing Kindred sayings on Cause
and Other Subjects
12. The Kindred Sayings on Cause
6. 'The Tree' Suttas

Sutta 54

Dutiya Saŋyojana Suttaɱ

Fetters (2)

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

Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
Public Domain

 


 

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Sāvatthī
at the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"It is just as if, brethren, because of oil
and because of wick,
an oil-lamp were to be burning,
and in it
from time to time
a man were to pour oil
and to adjust a wick.

Verily such an oil-lamp
so fed,
so supplied with fuel
would burn for a long while.

Even so in him who contemplates the enjoyment that there is
in all that makes for enfettering,
craving grows.

Grasping is conditioned by craving.

Becoming is conditioned by grasping.

Birth is conditioned by becoming.

Decay-and-death is conditioned by birth.

Grief,
lamenting,
suffering,
sorrow,
despair come to pass.

Such is the uprising of this entire mass of ill.

 


 

It is just as if, because of oil
and because of wick,
an oil-lamp were to be burning,
and in it no man should
from time to time
pour oil
or adjust a wick.

Verily such an oil-lamp,
when its first fuel were come to an end,
and no other food were brought to it, would
without food
become extinct.

Even so in him who contemplates the misery that there is
in all that makes for enfettering,
craving ceases.

When craving ceases, grasping ceases.

When grasping ceases becoming ceases.

When becoming ceases birth ceases.

When birth ceases decay-and-death ceases.

Grief,
lamenting,
suffering,
sorrow,
despair cease.

Such is the ceasing of this entire mass of ill.


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