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Sa.myutta Nikaaya:
III. Khandha Vagga:
22: Khandha Sa.myutta
2.1. Upaaya Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
III: The Book Called The Khandhaa-Vagga
Containing Kindred Saings
on the Elements of Sensory Existence
and Other Subjects
XXII: Kindred Sayings on Elements (Khandhaa)
2.1: On Attachment

Sutta 53

Upaya Sutta.m

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

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[53] [45]

[1-2][wrrn][than][olds][bodh] Thus have I heard:-

The Exalted One was staying at Saavatthii.

The Exalted One said:

"Attachment, brethren, is bondage;
aloofness is freedom.

By attachment to body, brethren,
consciousness,
if it get a standing,
may persist.

With body for its object,
with body for its platform,
seeking means of enjoyment,
it may come by growth,
increase,
abundance.[2]

With the activities for its object,
with the activities for its platform,
seeking a means of enjoyment,
it may come by growth,
increase,
abundance.

Were a man, brethren, to declare thus:

"Apart from body,
apart from feeling,
apart from perception,
apart from the [46] activities,
I will show forth the coming or the going
or the decease or the rebirth of consciousness,
or the growth or the increase
or the abundance of consciousness" -
to do that were impossible.

If lust for body, brethren,
is abandoned by a brother,
by that abandonment of lust
its foothold is cut off.[3]

Thereby there is no platform for consciousness.

If lust for feeling, brethren,
is abandoned by a brother,
by that abandonment of lust
its foothold is cut off.

Thereby there is no platform for consciousness.

If lust for perception, brethren, is abandoned by a brother,
by that abandonment of lust
its foothold is cut off.

Thereby there is no platform for consciousness.

If lust for the activities, brethren, is abandoned by a brother,
by that abandonment of lust
its foothold is cut off.

Thereby there is no platform for consciousness.

So also, brethren, if lust for the consciousness-element be abandoned by a brother,
by that abandonment of lust
its foothold is cut off.

Thereby there is no platform for consciousness.

Without that platform
consciousness has no growth,
it generates no action[4] and is freed:
by freedom it is steady:[5]
by its steadiness it is happy:
owing to happiness it is not troubled.

Being untroubled,
of itself it becomes utterly well,
so that it knows:

"Destroyed is rebirth,
lived is the righteous life,
done is the task,
for life in these conditions there is no hereafter."'

 


[1] Cf. Warren, p 162. Upayo (text reads upaayo). Comy., 'by way of craving, views, conceit, it is subject to the five factors.'

[2] Cf. Dialog. iii, 220 and n. for a somewhat similar paragraph. Comy., 'activity-consciousness, arousing action, by its ability to induce rebirth, would experience growth, etc.'

[3] Vocchijjat'aaramma.na.m Comy., 'By absence of the ability to induce rebirth its support is severed.'

[4] Cf. S. ii, 82 (sankhaara.m abhisankharoti). Comy. reading anabhisankhacca, 'generates (no conception).'

[5] Cf. S. ii, 65. In this connexion .thito is not 'fixed on an object' but 'calmed' or 'steadfast.' (Or 'he,' or 'one' is steady.)


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