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Saŋyutta Nikaya
Nidāna Vagga
13. Abhisamaya Saŋyutta

Sutta 11

Tatiya Pabbatūpama Suttaṃ

The Mountain Simile (3)

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 should lay together on Sineru, lord of the hills,
seven grains of gravel as large as beans.

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

Those seven grains of gravel as large as beans laid together,
or Sineru, lord of the hills?

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

Small are seven grains of gravel laid together as large as beans.

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

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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