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Saŋyutta Nikaya
Nidāna Vagga
13. Abhisamaya Saŋyutta

Sutta 5

Pathavī Suttaṃ

The Earth (1)

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

Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
Public Domain

 


 

[1] 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:

"Suppose, brethren, that a man were to lay together on the earth
seven little balls of clay
[as big as] jujube kernels.

As to that what think ye, brethren,
which is more?

The seven little jujube-kernel clay balls laid together,
or the earth?

Just this, lord, is more,
the earth itself;
scant are the seven little jujube-kernel clay balls
laid together.

They do not make up one hundredth part,
nor one thousandth,
nor one hundred thousandth part
when compared with the earth -
those seven little clay balls.

Even so, brethren,
for the Ariyan disciple who has won vision,
for the person who has understanding
this is the greater ill, to wit,
that which for him is wholly perished,
wholly finished;
little is the ill that remains,
not worth the hundredth part,
not worth the thousandth part,
not worth the hundred thousandth part
when measured with the former ill
which for him is wholly perished,
wholly finished,
to wit, a term of seven times.

So great in good, brethren,
is it to be wise in the Norm;
so great in good is it
to have gained the eye of the Norm.


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