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Saɱyutta Nikāya
IV. Saḷāyatana Vagga
35: Saḷāyatana Saɱyutta
Paññāsaka Tatiya
4. Devadaha Vagga

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
IV. The Book of the Six Sense Bases
35: Connected Discourses on the Six Sense Bases
The Third Fifty
4. Devadaha

Sutta 138

Paṭhama Palāsinā Suttaɱ [#137]

Not Yours 1

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[128] [1210]

[1][pts] "Bhikkhus, whatever is not yours, abandon it.

When you have abandoned it, that will lead to your welfare and happiness.

And what is it, bhikkhus, that is not yours?

The eye is not yours: abandon it.

When you have abandoned it, that will lead to your welfare and happiness.

The ear is not yours ... [129 ...

The mind is not yours: abandon it.

When you have abandoned it, that will lead to your welfare and happiness.

"Suppose, bhikkhus, people were to carry off the grass, sticks, branches, and foliage in this Jeta's Grove, or to burn them, or to do with them as they wish.

Would you think:

'People are carrying us off, or burning us, or doing with us as they wish'?"

"No, venerable sir.

For what reason?

Because, venerable sir, that is neither our self nor what belongs to our self."

"So too, bhikkhus, the eye is not yours ...

The ear ...

The mind is not yours ...

When you have abandoned it, that will lead to your welfare and happiness."

 


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