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Saŋyutta Nikaya
Nidāna Vagga
14. Dhatu Saɱyutta

Sutta 38

Dutiya Samaṇabrāhmaṇa Suttaṃ

U-N-A-B-R-I-D-G-E-D

Recluses and Brahmins (2)

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

Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
Public Domain

 


 

[1] THUS have I heard.

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī in Jeta Grove, the Anāthapiṇḍika Park.

Then the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren."

"Yes, lord," replied those brethren to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four elements, brethren.

Which are the four?

Earth-element,
water-element,
heat-element,
air-element.

Yea, any recluses or brahmins whatever
who do not understand,
even as it really is,
the coming to pass
and the going away,
of any one of the four elements,
they for me
are not approved of among recluses as recluses
nor among brahmins as brahmins,
nor have those venerable ones
come even in this life
fully to know of themselves,
to realize,
to live
in the attainment of,
the good of
being recluse or brahmin.

But any recluses or brahmins whatever
who do understand,
even as it really is,
the coming to pass
and the going away,
of any one of the four elements,
they for me
are approved of among recluses as recluses
or among brahmins as brahmins,
and those venerable ones have come
even in this life
fully to know of themselves,
to realize,
to live
in the attainment of,
the good of
being recluse or brahmin.


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