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Saɱyutta-Nikāya,
Nidāna-vaggo
15. Anamatagga Saŋyuttam

Sutta 14

Mātā Suttaṃ

Mother

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

Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
Public Domain

 


 

[1][than] 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:

"Incalculable is the beginning, brethren,
of this faring on.

The earliest point is not revealed
of the running on,
the faring on
of beings cloaked in ignorance,
tied by craving.

Not an easy thing is it, brethren,
to find a being
who during this long many-a-day
has not at one time been a mother.

How is this?

Incalculable is the beginning, brethren,
of this faring on.

The earliest point is not revealed
of beings running on,
faring on,
cloaked in ignorance,
tied to craving.

Thus many a day, brethren,
have ye been suffering ill,
have ye been suffering pain,
have ye been suffering disaster,
have the charnel-fields been growing.

Thus far enough is there, brethren,
for you to be repelled
by all the things of this world,
enough to lose all passion for them,
enough to be delivered therefrom."


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