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Saŋyutta Nikaya
Nidāna Vagga
13. Abhisamaya Saŋyutta

Sutta 9

Dutiya Samudda Suttaṃ

The Mountain Simile (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 Himalaya, lord of the hills,
seven grains of gravel
as large as mustard-seeds.

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

The seven grains of gravel
as large as mustard-seeds
or Himalaya, lord of the hills?

Just this, lord, is more,
even Himalaya, lord of the hills.

Small are the seven grains of gravel
as large as mustard-seeds
laid together.

They do not make up one hundredth,
one thousandth,
one hundred thousandth part
when compared with Himalaya lord of the hills -
those seven grains of gravel
as large as mustard-seeds
laid together."

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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