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Saɱyutta Nikāya
4. Saḷāyatana Vagga
36. Vedanā Saɱyutta
2. Raho-Gata Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
4. The Book Called the Saḷāyatana-Vagga
Containing Kindred Sayings on the 'Six-Fold Sphere' of Sense and Other Subjects
36. Kindred Sayings about Feeling
2. The Chapter on Solitude

Sutta 12

Paṭhama Ākāsa Suttaɱ

The Sky (i)

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

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[1][nypo][bodh] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One once addressed the brethren, saying:


"Lord," responded those brethren to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One thus spake:

"Just as, Brethren, divers winds blow in the sky, -
some winds blow from the east,
some from the west,
some from the north,
[147] some from the south, -
winds, dusty,
winds dustless,
cool winds
and hot winds,
winds soft
and winds boisterous, -
even so in this body arise divers feelings, -
feelings pleasant,
feelings painful,
also neutral feelings."

As many divers winds blow through the sky, -
From east and west and north and south they blow.
Winds dusty, dustless, cool and hot as well,
Winds boisterous and low, of many kinds, -
So in this body many a feeling rises,
Pleasant and painful, feeling that is neither.
A brother who is ardent, self-possessed,
And from the substrate free,[1] well understands
In his awareness feelings of all kinds.
He, understanding feelings, in this life
Is drug-immune and, when the body dies,
A saint, lore-perfect, past our reckoning.[2]


[1] Nirūpadhi.

[2] Cf. xxxvi, § 3.

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