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Saɱyutta Nikāya
4. Saḷāyatana Vagga
35. Saḷāyatana Saɱyutta
§ II: Paññāsaka Dutiya
4. Channa 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
§ II: The 'Second Fifty' Suttas
4. The Chapter on Channa and Others

Sutta 84

Paloka-Dhamma Suttaɱ

Transitory

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

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[53] [28]

[1][bodh] At Sāvatthī was the occasion (for this discourse)

Then the venerable Ānanda came to see the Exalted One,
and on coming to him
saluted him
and sat down at one side.

As he sat at one side the venerable Ānanda said to the Exalted One: -

"'The world! The world!' is the saying, lord.

Pray how far, lord, does this saying go?"

[29] "What is transitory[1] by nature, Ānanda,
is called 'the world' in the Ariyan discipline.

And what, Ānanda, is transitory by nature?

The eye, Ānanda, is transitory by nature,
objects are transitory by nature,
eye-consciousness is transitory by nature,
eye-contact is transitory by nature,
that weal or woe or neutral state that arises through eye-contact, brother,
that also is transitory by nature.

The ear, Ānanda, is transitory by nature,
sounds, are transitory by nature,||
ear-consciousness is transitory by nature,
ear-contact is transitory by nature,
that weal or woe or neutral state that arises through ear-contact,
that also is transitory by nature.

The nose, Ānanda, is transitory by nature,
scents, are transitory by nature,
nose-consciousness, is transitory by nature,
nose-contact, is transitory by nature,
that weal or woe or neutral state that arises through nose-contact,
that also is transitory by nature.

The tongue, Ānanda, is transitory by nature,
savours, are transitory by nature,
tongue-consciousness, is transitory by nature,
tongue-contact, is transitory by nature,
that weal or woe or neutral state that arises through tongue-contact,
that also is transitory by nature.

The body, Ānanda, is transitory by nature,
tangibles, are transitory by nature,
body-consciousness, is transitory by nature,
body-contact, is transitory by nature,
that weal or woe or neutral state that arises through body-contact,
that also is transitory by nature.

The mind, Ānanda, is transitory by nature,
mind-states, are transitory by nature,
mind-consciousness, is transitory by nature,
mind-contact, is transitory by nature,
that weal or woe or neutral state that arises through mind-contact,
that also is transitory by nature.

What is thus transitory, Ānanda,
is called 'the world' in the Arivan discipline."

 


[1] Paloka-dhamma = bhijjanaka, Comy., and at Par. Jot., Comy. 506, palokinaŋ jara-maraṇehi palu-j-jana-dhammaŋ. Cf. S. iii, 167 (K.S. iii, 143 n.).


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