3. Khandhā Vagga
23. Rādha Saṃyuttaṃ
2. Dutiya Māra Vagga
Suttas Linked to Rādha
Translated from the Pali by
Michael M. Olds
A Self-Arising 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:
"'A self-arising thing! A self-arising thing!' is the expression.
Now what then, bhante, is a self-arising thing?"
"Form, Rādha is a self-arising thing,
sense experience is a self-arising thing,
perception is a self-arising thing,
own-making is a self-arising thing,
consciousness a self-arising 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.'"