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Saɱyutta Nikāya
3. Khandha Vagga
22. Khandha Saɱyutta
2. Dutiya Anicca Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
3. The Book Called the Khandhā-Vagga
Containing Kindred Sayings on the Elements of Sensory Existence and other Subjects
22. Kindred Sayings on Elements
2. The Second on Impermanence

Sutta 12

Anicca Suttaɱ


Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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[21] [20]

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:—

The Exalted One was staying at Sāvatthī.

The Exalted One said:

"Body, brethren, is impermanent,
feeling, is impermanent,
perception, is impermanent,
the activities, are impermanent,
consciousness is impermanent.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by body,
is repelled by feeling,
is repelled by perception,
is repelled by the activities
is repelled by consciousness.

Being repelled
he lusts[1] not
not lusting he is set free
in this freedom comes insight
that it is a being free.

Thus he realizes:

'Rebirth is destroyed,
lived is the righteous life,
done is my task,
for life in these conditions
there is no hereafter.'"[2]


[1] Virajjati, virāgo, translated just above 'dispassion.'

[2] Nāparaɱ itthattāyā ti pajānāti. Cf. K.S. ii, 17; n. S. ii, 20, etc. Buddhaghosa, explaining the phrase at DA. 226, says: idāni vatta-māna-kkhandha-santānā aparaɱ khandha-santānaɱ n'atthi. After the present life-continuum of the fivefold mass has run its course, there is no further life-continuum of the fivefold mass for me.'

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