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Saɱyutta Nikāya
II. Nidāna Vagga
15. Anamat'agga-Saɱyuttaɱ
II. Dutiya Vagga

Sutta 11

Duggata Suttaɱ

Fall'n on Hard Times

Translated from the Pali
by
Michael M. Olds

 


 

[1][pts][bodh][than] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time Bhagava
around Sāvatthi revisiting,
Jeta-woods, Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

[2][pts][bodh][than] There to the Beggars gathered round he said:

"Beggars!"

And "Broke Tooth," the Beggars responded.

[3][pts][bodh][than] Then Bhagava said:

"Out of reach of the mind, beggars,
is the start of one's run-around,
not known is the beginning point
of beings reigned in by blindness,
bridled by thirst,
saddled by this our run'n-round.

[4][pts][bodh][than] Should you, beggars, happen to see
one who has fallen on hard times,
someone hard to look at,
you can say:

'Such is such as such as I
in this long inconstant time gone by.'

[5][pts][bodh][than] How come?

Out of reach of the mind, beggars,
is the start of one's run-around,
not known is the beginning point
of beings reigned in by blindness,
bridled by thirst,
saddled by this our run'n-round.

[6][pts][bodh][than] Many a long day, beggars, have you lived
tortured by pain,
tortured by terror,
tortured by bad luck,
filling the cemeteries.

[7][pts][bodh][than] Enough is enough, beggars!

Enough to have had enough
of every confounded thing,
enough for disinterest in it,
enough for freedom from it."

 


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