I. Sagātha Vagga
3. Kosala Saɱyutta
1. Bandhana Vagga
Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
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[4.2][bit][pts][than][olds] Sitting to one side, King Pasenadi of Kosala said to the Blessed One:
"Here, venerable sir, while I was alone in seclusion, a reflection arose in my mind thus:
'Who now treat themselves as dear, and who treat themselves as a foe?'
Then,  venerable sir, it occurred to me:
Even though they may say,
"We regard ourselves as dear,"
still they treat themselves as a foe.
For what reason?  Because of their own accord they act towards themselves in the same way that a foe might act towards a foe; therefore they treat themselves as a foe.
[4.4][bit][pts][than][olds] But those who engage in good conduct of body, speech, and mind treat themselves as dear. Even though they may say, "We regard ourselves as a foe," still they treat themselves as dear. For what reason? Because of their own accord they act towards themselves in the same way that a dear person might act towards one who is dear; therefore they treat themselves as dear.'"
(The Buddha then repeats the entire statement of King Pasenadi and adds the following verses:)
"When one is seized by the End-maker
As one discards the human state,
What can one call truly one's own?
What does one take when one goes?
What follows one along
Like a shadow that never departs?
"Both the merits and the evil
That a mortal does right here:
This is what is truly one's own,
This one takes when one goes;
This is what follows one along
Like a shadow that never departs.
"Therefore one should do what is good
As a collection for the future life.
Merits are the support for living beings
[When they arise] in the other world."
"The End-maker" (antaka), in pāda a, is a personification of death; elsewhere (e.g., at v. 448) the word refers expressly to Māra.