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Saɱyutta Nikāya
3. Khandha Vagga
22. Khandha Saɱyutta
6. Upāya 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
6. On Attachment

Sutta 61

Āditta Suttaɱ

On Fire[1]

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

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[71] [62]

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:—

The Exalted One was staying at Sāvatthī.

The Exalted One said:

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

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
feels disgust for body,
feels disgust for feeling,
feels disgust for perception,
feels disgust for the activities,
feels disgust for consciousness.

Feeling disgust he is repelled;
by repulsion he is freed;
knowledge arises that in the freed man
is the freed thing,
so he knows:

'Destroyed is rebirth,
lived is the righteous life,
done is the task,
for life in these conditions
there is no hereafter.'"


[1] More fully in the famous logion of the third or 'fire-sermon,' preached on Gāya Head, Vin. i, 21. Cf. Pts. of Controv. 128. [Ed. see also: SN 4.35.28]

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