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Saɱyutta Nikāya
I. Sagātha Vagga
3. Kosala Saɱyutta
1. Bandhana Vagga

Sutta 4

Piya

Loved

Translated from the Pali
by
Michael M. Olds

 

[4.1][bit][pts][bodh][than] Around Sāvatthi

[4.2][bit][pts][bodh][than] One time, sitting by the Bhagava, King Pasenadi, the Kosalan, said to him:

"Here, bhante, this was the subject of thought
that perchanced to rise to mind
when I had retired to the solitude of my chambers:

'By whom now is the self lovèd?
by whom is the self not loved?'

Then this, bhante, perchanced to come to me:

[4.3][bit][pts][bodh][than] He who would go about inflicting pain with body,
go about inflicting pain with the voice,
go about inflicting pain with the mind,
their's is not a loved self.

However much they speak thus:

"Love for self, surely, is there in this!"

there's no love for self in that whatsoever.

How come?

Because what no friend would do to no friend of his,
he himself does to himself,
suchis suchas no self that's loved.

[4.4][bit][pts][bodh][than] He who would go about giving pleasure with body,
go about giving pleasure with the voice,
go about giving pleasure with the mind,
theirs is a self that's loved.

However much they speak thus:

"No love of self, surely, is there in this!"

there's love for self in that.

How come?

Because what a friend would do for a friend of his,
he himself does for himself,
suchis suchas a self that's loved.

 

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[4.5][bit][pts][bodh][than] Even so Great King! Even so Great King!

He, Great King, who would go about inflicting pain with body,
go about inflicting pain with the voice,
go about inflicting pain with the mind,
their's is not a loved self.

However much they speak thus:

"Love for self, surely, is there in this!"

there's no love for self in that whatsoever.

How come?

Because what no friend would do to no friend of his,
he himself does to himself,

He, Great King, who would go about giving pleasure with body,
go about giving pleasure with the voice,
go about giving pleasure with the mind,
theirs is a self that's loved.

However much they speak thus:

"No love of self, surely, is there in this!"

there's love for self in that.

How come?

Because what a friend would do for a friend of his,
he himself does for himself,
suchis suchas a self that's loved..

 


 

[4.6][bit][pts][bodh][than] Who as friend would know the self,
do not to evil ways be bound,
for not sweet is found to be the gain,
where pleasure's found in giving pain.
 
At end-making's taking down,
from what is of man now stripped away,
what then has one to call one's own?
what in that going stands one stead?
 
What has one got that follows one
inseparable as shadow in the sun?
 
Both evil deed and deed well done
as mortal man worked here —
That then has one to call one's own;
that in that going stands one stead.
 
That has one got that follows one
inseparable as shadow in the sun.
 
Therefore here in straight ways act
and so lay up for time beyond
rewards to be in future worlds found
taking hold and firmly standing ground.

 


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