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Sutta Nipāta
Sutta 15. Mogharaja-manava-puccha Sutta

[pali] [faus]

Mogharaja's Question

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Twice now, O Sakyan,
    I've asked you,
but you, One with vision,
    haven't answered me.
When asked the third time
the celestial seer answers:
    so I have heard.
This world, the next world,
the Brahma world with its devas:
    I don't know how they're viewed
    by the glorious Gotama.
So to the one who has seen
to the far extreme,
I've come with a question:
    How does one view the world
    so as not to be seen
        by Death's king?

The Buddha:

View the world, Mogharaja,
        as empty --
always mindful
to have removed any view
        about self.

This way one is above and beyond death.
    This is how one views the world
    so as not to be seen
        by Death's king.




On viewing the world as void, see S.XXXV.85.


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