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Sa.myutta Nikaaya
3. Khandha Vagga
22. Khandha Sa.myutta
2. Anicca Vagga

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

Sutta 12

Anicca Sutta.m


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

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[21] [868]

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:-

The Exalted One was staying at Saavatthii.

The Exalted One said:

"Body, brethren, is impermanent,
feeling, is impermanent,
perception, is impermanent,
the activities, are impermanent,
consciousness is impermanent.

So 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[1] 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.'"[2]


[1] Virajjati, viraago, translated just above 'dispassion.'

[2] Naapara.m itthattaayaa ti pajaanaati. Cf. K.S. ii, 17; n. S. ii, 20, etc. Buddhaghosa, explaining the phrase at DA. 226, says: idaani vatta-maana-kkhandha-santaanaa apara.m khandha-santaana.m n'atthi. After the present life-continuum of the fivefold mass has run its course, there is no further life-continuum of the fivefold mass for me.'

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