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 Pabbat'Ūpama Suttaɱ
The Mountain Simile (2)
Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
 Thus have I heard:
And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:
"Master!" responded those brethren.
The Exalted One said:
"Suppose, brethren, that Himalaya, lord of the hills,
were to come to extinction,
come to an end,
save for seven surviving grains of gravel
as large as mustard-seeds.
As to that what think ye, brethren, which is more?
That Himalaya, lord of the hills,
which has come to extinction,
come to an end,
or those seven surviving grains of gravel
as large as mustard-seeds?"
"Just that is more, lord, even Himalaya, lord of the hills.
Small are the seven grains of gravel
as large as mustard-seeds that survive.
They do not make up a hundredth,
a hundred thousandth part
when compared with Himalaya, lord of the hills -
those seven grains of gravel laid together
as large as mustard-seeds."
"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."