II. Nidāna Vagga
13. Abhisamaya Saɱyutta
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
Part II. The Book Called the Nidāna-Vagga
Containing Kindred sayings on Cause
and Other Subjects
13. The Kindred Sayings on Understanding
Dutiya Samudda Suttaɱ
The Sea (2)
Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:
"Master!" responded those brethren.
The Exalted One said:
"Suppose, brethren, that the sea were to come to extinction,
to an end
except for two or three drops
of water brought from it.
As to that what think ye, brethren,
which is more?
The water in the sea
or the two or three surviving drops of water?"
"Just that is more, lord,
even the water in the sea
that has come to extinction,
to an end.
Scanty are the two or three surviving drops.
They do not make up one hundredth,
one hundred thousandth part
when compared with the sea that has come to extinction,
to an end -
those two or three drops."
"Even so, brethren,
for the Ariyan disciple who has won vision,
for the person who has understanding
this is the greater ill, to wit,
that which for him is wholly perished,
little is the ill that remains,
not worth the hundredth part,
not worth the thousandth part,
not worth the hundred thousandth part
when measured with the former ill
which for him is wholly perished,
to wit, a term of seven times.
So great in good, brethren,
is it to be wise in the Norm;
so great in good is it
to have gained the eye of the Norm."