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Saɱyutta Nikāya
5. Mahā-Vagga
45. Magga Saɱyutta
4. Paṭipatti Vagga: Gaŋgā Peyyāla
4. Nibbāna-Ninna

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
5. The Great Chapter
45. Kindred Sayings on the Way
4. On Conduct: Gaŋgā Repetition
4. Flowing to Nibbāna

Suttas 127-138

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

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[33]

Sutta 127

Paṭhama Pācīna Suttaɱ

Eastward (a)

[1][bodh] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

Just as, monks, the river Ganges
flows,
slides
and tends to the East,
even so a monk who cultivates
and makes much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates right view,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right aim,
which plunges into Nibbāna,
has its goal in Nibbāna,
ends in Nibbāna.

He cultivates right speech,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right action,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right living,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right effort,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right mindfulness,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right concentration,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

 


 

Sutta 128

Dutiya Pācīna Suttaɱ

Eastward (b.1)

[2][bodh] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

Just as, monks, the river Yamunā
flows,
slides
and tends to the East,
even so a monk who cultivates
and makes much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates right view,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right aim,
which plunges into Nibbāna,
has its goal in Nibbāna,
ends in Nibbāna.

He cultivates right speech,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right action,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right living,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right effort,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right mindfulness,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right concentration,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

 


 

Sutta 129

Tatiya Pācīna Suttaɱ

Eastward (b.2)

[3] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

Just as, monks, the river Acīravatī
flows,
slides
and tends to the East,
even so a monk who cultivates
and makes much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates right view,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right aim,
which plunges into Nibbāna,
has its goal in Nibbāna,
ends in Nibbāna.

He cultivates right speech,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right action,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right living,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right effort,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right mindfulness,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right concentration,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

 


 

Sutta 130

Catuttha Pācīna Suttaɱ

Eastward (b.3)

[4] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

Just as, monks, the river Sarabhū
flows,
slides
and tends to the East,
even so a monk who cultivates
and makes much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates right view,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right aim,
which plunges into Nibbāna,
has its goal in Nibbāna,
ends in Nibbāna.

He cultivates right speech,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right action,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right living,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right effort,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right mindfulness,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right concentration,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

 


 

Sutta 131

Pañcama Pācīna Suttaɱ

Eastward (b.4)

[5] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

Just as, monks, the river Mahī
flows,
slides
and tends to the East,
even so a monk who cultivates
and makes much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates right view,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right aim,
which plunges into Nibbāna,
has its goal in Nibbāna,
ends in Nibbāna.

He cultivates right speech,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right action,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right living,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right effort,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right mindfulness,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right concentration,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

 


 

Sutta 132

Chaṭṭha Pācīna Suttaɱ

Eastward (c)

[6] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

Just as, monks, whatsoever great rivers there be,
such as the Ganges,
Yamunā,
Acīravatī,
Sarabhū
and Mahī,

all of them flow,
slide
and tend to the East,
even so a monk who cultivates
and makes much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates right view,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right aim,
which plunges into Nibbāna,
has its goal in Nibbāna,
ends in Nibbāna.

He cultivates right speech,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right action,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right living,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right effort,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right mindfulness,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right concentration,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

 

§

 

Sutta 133

Paṭhama Samudda Suttaɱ

Ocean (a)

[7][bodh] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

Just as, monks, the river Ganges
flows,
slides
and tends to the ocean,
even so a monk who cultivates
and makes much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates right view,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right aim,
which plunges into Nibbāna,
has its goal in Nibbāna,
ends in Nibbāna.

He cultivates right speech,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right action,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right living,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right effort,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right mindfulness,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right concentration,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

 


 

Sutta 134

Dutiya Samudda Suttaɱ

Ocean (b.1)

[8][bodh] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

Just as, monks, the river Yamunā
flows,
slides
and tends to the ocean,
even so a monk who cultivates
and makes much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates right view,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right aim,
which plunges into Nibbāna,
has its goal in Nibbāna,
ends in Nibbāna.

He cultivates right speech,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right action,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right living,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right effort,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right mindfulness,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right concentration,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

 


 

Sutta 135

Tatiya Samudda Suttaɱ

Ocean (b.2)

[9] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

Just as, monks, the river Acīravatī
flows,
slides
and tends to the ocean,
even so a monk who cultivates
and makes much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates right view,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right aim,
which plunges into Nibbāna,
has its goal in Nibbāna,
ends in Nibbāna.

He cultivates right speech,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right action,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right living,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right effort,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right mindfulness,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right concentration,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

 


 

Sutta 136

Catuttha Samudda Suttaɱ

Ocean (b.3)

[10] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

Just as, monks, the river Sarabhū
flows,
slides
and tends to the ocean,
even so a monk who cultivates
and makes much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates right view,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right aim,
which plunges into Nibbāna,
has its goal in Nibbāna,
ends in Nibbāna.

He cultivates right speech,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right action,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right living,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right effort,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right mindfulness,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right concentration,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

 


 

Sutta 137

Pañcama Samudda Suttaɱ

Ocean (b.4)

[11] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

Just as, monks, the river Mahī
flows,
slides
and tends to the ocean,
even so a monk who cultivates
and makes much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates right view,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right aim,
which plunges into Nibbāna,
has its goal in Nibbāna,
ends in Nibbāna.

He cultivates right speech,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right action,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right living,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right effort,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right mindfulness,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right concentration,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

 


 

Sutta 138

Chaṭṭha Samudda Suttaɱ

Ocean (c)

[12] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

Just as, monks, whatsoever great rivers there be,
such as the Ganges,
Yamunā,
Acīravatī,
Sarabhū
and Mahī,

all of them flow,
slide
and tend to the East,
even so a monk who cultivates
and makes much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates right view,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right aim,
which plunges into Nibbāna,
has its goal in Nibbāna,
ends in Nibbāna.

He cultivates right speech,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right action,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right living,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right effort,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right mindfulness,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

He cultivates right concentration,
which flows into Nibbāna,
slides into Nibbāna,
tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the Ariyan eightfold way
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna.


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