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Sa.myutta Nikaaya:
IV. Sa.laayatana Vagga
35: Sa.laayatana Sa.myutta
Pa~n~naasaka Dutiya
2. Migajaala Vagga

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
IV. The Book of the Six Sense Bases
35: Connected Discourses on the Six Sense Bases
The Second Fifty
2. Migajaala

Sutta 69

Upasena Sutta.m

Upasena

Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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[40] [1154]

[1][pts][than] On one occasion the Venerable Saariputta and the Venerable Upasena were dwelling at Raajagaha in the Cool Grove, in the Snake's Hood Grotto.

Now on that occasion a viper had fallen on the Venerable Upasena's body.

Then the Venerable Upasena addressed the bhikkhus thus:

"Come, friends, lift this body of mine on to the bed and carry it outside before it is scattered right here like a handful of chaff."

When this was said, the Venerable Saariputta said to the Venerable Upasena:

"We do not see any alteration in the Venerable Upasena's body nor any change in his faculties; yet the Venerable Upasena says:

'Come, friends, lift this body of mine on to the bed and carry it outside before it is scattered right here like a handful of chaff."

"Friend Saariputta for one who thinks, 'I am the eye' or 'The eye is mine'; 'I am the ear' or 'The ear is mine' ...'I am the mind' or 'The mind is mine,' there might be alteration of the body or a change of the faculties.

But, friend Saariputta [41] it does not occur to me, 'I am the eye' or 'The eye is mine'; 'I am the ear' or 'The ear is mine' ...'I am the mind' or 'The mind is mine,' so why should there be any alteration in my body or any change in my faculties?"

"It must be because I-making, mine-making, and the underlying tendency to conceit have been thoroughly uprooted in the Venerable Upasena for a long time that it does not occur to him, 'I am the eye' or 'The eye is mine'; 'I am the ear' or 'The ear is mine' ...'I am the mind' or 'The mind is mine."

Then those bhikkhus lifted the Venerable Upasena's body on to the bed and carried it outside.

Then the Venerable Upasena's body was scattered right there just like a handful of chaff.

 


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