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Saɱyutta Nikāya
3. Khandha Vagga
22. Khandha Saɱyutta
3. Bhāra 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
3. On the Burden

Sutta 31

Agha-Mūla Suttaɱ

The Root of Pain[1]

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

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[32] [31]

[1][olds][bodh] Thus have I heard:—

The Exalted One was staying at Sāvatthī.

The Exalted One said:

"I will teach you, brethren, pain
and the root of pain.

Do ye listen to it.

And what, brethren, is pain?

Body, brethren, is pain;
feeling is pain;
perception, is pain;
the activities, are pain;
consciousness is pain.

That, brethren, is the meaning of pain.

And what, brethren, is the root of pain?

It is this craving
that leads downward to rebirth,
along with the lure
and the lust,
that lingers longingly now here,
now there:
namely, the craving for sense,
the craving for rebirth,
the craving to have done with rebirth."


[1] Agha. Comy. Dukkhaɱ. Cf. K.S. ii, 116, n.

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