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Saɱyutta Nikāya
4. Saḷāyatana Vagga
35. Saḷāyatana Saɱyutta
§ I: Mūla-Paññāsa
3. Sabba 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
35. Kindred Sayings the Sixfold Sphere of Sense
§ I: The First Fifty Suttas
3. The Chapter on The All

Sutta 29

Andha-Bhūtam aka Aḍḍha-Bhūtaɱ Suttaɱ

Afflicted[1]

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

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[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Rājagaha, in Bamboo Grove, at the Squirrels' Feeding-ground

Then the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren."

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

The Exalted One said:

"Brethren, the all is afflicted.

What all, Brethren, is afflicted?

The eye, brethren, is afflicted,
objects are afflicted,
eye-conseiousness, is afflicted,
eye-contact, is afflicted,
that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to eye-contact,-
that also is afflicted.

Afflicted with what?

Afflicted with birth,
decay and death,
sorrow and grief,
woe,
lamentation
and despair.

So I declare.

The ear, brethren, is afflicted,
sounds are afflicted,
ear-conseiousness, is afflicted,
ear-contact, is afflicted,
that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to ear-contact,-
that also is afflicted.

Afflicted with what?

Afflicted with birth,
decay and death,
sorrow and grief,
woe,
lamentation
and despair.

So I declare.

The nose, brethren, is afflicted,
scents are afflicted,
nose-conseiousness, is afflicted,
nose-contact, is afflicted,
that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to nose-contact,-
that also is afflicted.

Afflicted with what?

Afflicted with birth,
decay and death,
sorrow and grief,
woe,
lamentation
and despair.

So I declare.

The tongue, brethren, is afflicted,
savours are afflicted,
tongue-conseiousness, is afflicted,
tongue-contact, is afflicted,
that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to tongue-contact,-
that also is afflicted.

Afflicted with what?

Afflicted with birth,
decay and death,
sorrow and grief,
woe,
lamentation
and despair.

So I declare.

The body, brethren, is afflicted,
things tangible are afflicted,
body-conseiousness, is afflicted,
body-contact, is afflicted,
that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to body-contact,-
that also is afflicted.

Afflicted with what?

Afflicted with birth,
decay and death,
sorrow and grief,
woe,
lamentation
and despair.

So I declare.

The mind, brethren, is afflicted,
mind-states are afflicted,
mind-conseiousness, is afflicted,
mind-contact, is afflicted,
that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to mind-contact,-
that also is afflicted.

Afflicted with what?

Afflicted with birth,
decay and death,
sorrow and grief,
woe,
lamentation
and despair.

So I declare.

 

§

 

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by the eye,
is repelled by objects,
is repelled by eye-consciousness,
is repelled by eye-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to eye-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by the ear,
is repelled by sounds,
is repelled by ear-consciousness,
is repelled by ear-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to ear-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by the nose,
is repelled by scents,
is repelled by nose-consciousness,
is repelled by nose-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to nose-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by the tongue,
is repelled by savours,
is repelled by tongue-consciousness,
is repelled by tongue-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to tongue-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by the body,
is repelled by things tactile,
is repelled by body-consciousness,
is repelled by body-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to body-contact.

So seeing, brethren, the well-taught Ariyan disciple
is repelled by the mind,
is repelled by mind-states,
is repelled by mind-consciousness,
is repelled by mind-contact,
is repelled by that weal or woe or neutral state experienced,
which arises owing to mind-contact.

 

§

 

Being repelled by these,
he lusts not for them.

Not lusting he is set free.

In this freedom
comes insight
that it is a being free.

Thus he realizes:

'Rebirth is destroyed,
lived is the righteous life,
done is the task.

For life in these conditions
there is no hereafter.'"

 


Aḍḍha-Bhūtaŋ vs andhabhūtam. Bhk. Bodhi agrees with the reading used by Woodward, but translates 'weighed down'. I see no reason to object to andhabhūtam: which would be 'being blinded by'. The difference is orientation towards the being. Aḍḍhabhūtam suggests the affliction by these things of the being; andhabhūtam suggest the being blinded by these things of the mind. The latter would more closely adhere to the aims of the Dhamma.

p.p. explains it all — p.p.

[1] Reading Aḍḍha-Bhūtaŋ with Comy. MSS., for andha - of text.


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