II. Nidāna Vagga
XXI. Bhikkhu Saɱyutta
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
II. The Nidana Book
21. The Kindred Sayings about Brethren
Upatissa (Sāriputta) Suttaɱ
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The Exalted One was once staying near Savatthi at the Jeta Grove in Anathapindika's Park.
'Yes, friend,' responded the brethren.
To me, friends, as I was meditating in seclusion, there arose this consideration:
'Is there now anything in the whole world, wherein a changing, a becoming otherwise would give rise in me to grief, lamenting, suffering, sorrow, despair?'
And methought: 'No, there is no such thing.'
[than] Then the venerable Ānanda said this to the venerable Sāriputta: 'But the Master, friend Sāriputta would not a changing, a becoming otherwise in him give rise in you to grief, lamentaing, suffering, sorrow, despair?'
Nevertheless I should [feel] thus:
"O may not the mighty one, O may not the Master so gifted, so wonderful be taken from us! Verily if the Exalted One may abide et a long while withus, out of love to the world, it would be for the weal, the happiness of many many folk, the good, the weal, the happiness of devas and men!"
 On that account is it that for the venerable Sāriputta a changing, a becoming otherwise even in the Master would not give rise to grief, lamenting, suffering, sorrow, despair.'
 Sāriputta's personal name. See Pss. of the Brethren, loc. cit. This and the next four Suttas are all referred to Sāvatthī.
 I have ventured to place this sentence in Sāriputta's mouth, changing, in the Feer edition, 'Sāriputta' to Ānanda. It is unlikely S. would have kept silence; moreover, the wish expresed by S. is precisely that which Ā. was later on to utter too late. See Dialogues ii, 111.