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Aŋguttara Nikāya
X. Dasaka-Nipāta
VI. Sa-Citta Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
X. The Book of the Tens
VI: One's Own Thoughts

Sutta 58

Mūlaka Suttaɱ

Rooted in the Exalted One

Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[106] [72]

[1][than][olds][bodh] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī.

There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," they replied,
and the Exalted One said:

"If, monks, the Wanderers holding other views should thus question you:

'Rooted in what, your reverences,
are all things,

compounded of what,
are all things,

arising from what,
are all things,

conjoined in what,
are all things,

headed by what,
are all things,

ruled over by what,
are all things,

having what as ultimate,
are all things,

of what essence,
are all things,

into what plunging,
are all things,

ending up in what
are all things?'

Thus questioned,
what explanation would ye give
to those Wanderers holding other views?

"Rooted in the Exalted One, sir,
are things for us,
having the Exalted One as guide,
having the Exalted One for resort.[1]

Well for us, sir,
if the meaning of this that is said by the Exalted One
should occur to him.

Hearing it from the Exalted One
the monks will bear it in mind."

"Then, monks, do ye listen.

Pay attention carefully,
and I will speak."

"We will, sir,"
replied those monks to the Exalted One,
who then said:

 

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[107] "If, monks, the Wanderers holding other views should thus question you:

'Rooted in what, your reverences,
are all things,

compounded of what,
are all things,

arising from what,
are all things,

conjoined in what,
are all things,

headed by what,
are all things,

ruled over by what,
are all things,

having what as ultimate,
are all things,

of what essence,
are all things,

into what plunging,
are all things,

ending up in what
are all things?'

Being thus questioned, monks,
ye should thus explain to them:

'Rooted in desire, your reverences,
are all things,

compounded of thinking
are all things,

[73] originating from contact,
are all things,

conjoined in sensation,
are all things,

headed by concentration,
are all things,

ruled over by mindfulness,
are all things,

having wisdom as ultimate
are all things,

having release for their essence,
are all things,

plunging into the deathless,
are all things,

with nibbāna for their conclusion
are all things.'

Thus questioned, monks,
thus should ye reply
to the Wanderers holding other views."

 


[1] Cf. K.S. ii, 56; iv, 149, etc.


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