II. Nidāna Vagga
13. Abhisamaya Saɱyutta
The Tip of the Fingernail
Which is greater: the little bit of dust I have picked up with the tip of my fingernail, or the great earth?"
The little bit of dust the Blessed One has picked up with the tip of his fingernail is next to nothing.
It's not a hundredth, a thousandth, a one hundred-thousandth — this little bit of dust the Blessed One has picked up with the tip of his fingernail — when compared with the great earth."
[pts][bodh][olds] "In the same way, monks, for a disciple of the noble ones who is consummate in view, an individual who has broken through [to stream-entry], the suffering and stress that is totally ended and extinguished is far greater.
That which remains in the state of having at most seven remaining lifetimes is next to nothing: it's not a hundredth, a thousandth, a one hundred-thousandth, when compared with the previous mass of suffering.
That's how great the benefit is of obtaining the Dhamma eye."
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