3. Khandhā Vagga
23. Rādha Saṃyuttaṃ
2. Dutiya Māra Vagga
Suttas Linked to Rādha
Translated from the Pali by
Michael M. Olds
An Unstable Thing
Once upon a time, The Lucky man, Sāvatthi-town revisiting,
Then one time there the Ancient Rādha drew near Bhagava,
and took a seat to one side.
At that time, so seated,
the Ancient Radha said this to Bhagava:
"'An Unstable Thing! An Unstable Thing!' is the expression.
Now what then, bhante, is an unstable thing?"
Form, Rādha is an unstable thing,
sense experience is an unstable thing,
perception is an unstable thing,
own-making is an unstable thing,
consciousness an unstable thing.
Seeing in this way, Rādha,
the well-trained student of the Aristocrats,
finds form wearysome,
finds sense-experience wearysome,
finds perception wearysome,
finds own-making wearysome,
finds consciousness wearysome.
From wearyness comes dispassion,
from dispassion comes freedom,
in freedom he knows:
'I am freed!
Left behind is rebirth,
lived is the godly life,
done is duty's doing,
no further it'n-n-at'n me.'"