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Saɱyutta Nikāya
3. Khandha Vagga
22. Khandha Saɱyutta
2. Anicca Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
Part III: The Book Called The Khandhā-Vagga Containing Kindred Saings on the Elements of Sensory Existence and Other Subjects
Chapter XXII: Kindred Sayings on Elements (Khandhā)
Section 2: The Second on Impermanence

Sutta 18

Paṭhama Hetu Suttaṃ

Cause (1)

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

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[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:—

The Exalted One was staying at Sāvatthī.

The Exalted One said:

"Body, brethren, is impermanent.

That which is the cause,
that which is the condition
of the arising of body,
that also is impermanent.

How, brethren, can a body
which is compounded of the impermanent
come to be permanent?

Feeling is impermanent.

That which is the cause,
that which is the condition
of the uprising of feeling,
that also is impermanent.

How, brethren, can feeling
which is compounded of the impermanent
come to be permanent?

Perception is impermanent.

That which is the cause,
that which is the condition
of the uprising of perception,
that also is impermanent.

How, brethren, can perception
which is compounded of the impermanent
come to be permanent?

The activities are impermanent.

That which is the cause,
that which is the condition
of the uprising of the activities,
that also is impermanent.

How, brethren, can the activities
which are compounded of the impermanent
come to be permanent?

Consciousness is impermanent.

That which is the cause,
that which is the condition
of the uprising of consciousness,
that also is impermanent.

How, brethren, can consciousness
which is compounded of the impermanent
come to be permanent?

Thus seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by body,
is repelled by feeling,
is repelled by perception,
is repelled by the activities
is repelled by consciousness.

Being repelled
he lusts not
not lusting he is set free
in this freedom comes insight
that it is a being free.

Thus he realizes:

"Rebirth is destroyed,
lived is the righteous life,
done is my task,
for life in these conditions
there is no hereafter.'"


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