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Saɱyutta Nikāya
I. Sagātha Vagga
1. Devatā-saŋyutta
VI. Jarā Vagga

The Connected Discourses of the Buddha
I. The Book with Verses
1. Connected Discourses with Devatās

Suttas 51-60

VI.
Old Age

Translated from the Pāli by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Sutta 51

Jarā Suttaɱ

Old Age

[51.1][rhyc] [A devatā:]

[183] "What is good until old age?
What is good when established?
What is the precious gem of humans?
What is hard for thieves to steal?"

[The Blessed One:]

[184] "Virtue is good until old age;
Faith is good when established;
Wisdom is the precious gem of humans;
Merit is hard for thieves to steal."

 


 

Sutta 52

Ajarā Suttaɱ

Undecaying

[52.1][rhyc]

[185] "What is good by not decaying?
What is good when made secure?
What is the precious gem of humans?
What cannot be stolen by thieves?"

[37] [186] "Virtue is good by not decaying;
Faith is good when made secure;
Wisdom is the precious gem of humans;
Merit cannot be stolen by thieves."

 


 

Sutta 53

Mitta Suttaɱ

The Friend

[53.1][rhyc]

[187] "What is the friend of one on a journey?
What is the friend in one's own home?
What is the friend of one in need?
What is the friend in the future life?"

[188] "A caravan is the friend of one on a journey;
A mother is the friend in one's own home;
A comrade when the need arises
Is one's friend again and again.
The deeds of merit one has done —
That is the friend in the future life."

 


 

Sutta 54

Vatthu Suttaɱ

Support

[54.1][rhyc]

[189] "What is the support of human beings?
What is the best companion here?
The creatures who dwell on the earth —
By what do they sustain their life?"

[190] "Sons are the support of human beings,
A wife the best companion;
The creatures who dwell on the earth
Sustain their life by rain."

 


 

Sutta 55

Paṭhama Jana Suttaɱ

Produces (1)

[55.1][rhyc]

[191] "What is it that produces a person?
What does he have that runs around?
What enters upon saɱsāra?
What is his greatest fear?"

[192] "It is craving that produces a person;
His mind is what runs around;
A being enters upon saɱsāra;
Suffering is his greatest fear."

 


 

Sutta 56

Dutiya Jana Suttaɱ

Produces (2)

[56.1][rhyc][than]

[193] "What is it that produces a person?
What does he have that runs around?
What enters upon saɱsāra?
From what is he not yet freed?"

[194] "Craving is what produces a person;
His mind is what runs around;
A being enters upon saɱsāra;
He is not freed from suffering."

 


[38]

Sutta 57

Tatiya Jana Suttaɱ

Produces (3)

[57.1][rhyc][than]

[195] "What is it that produces a person?
What does he have that runs around?
What enters upon saɱsāra?
What determines his destiny?"

[196] "Craving is what produces a person;
His mind is what runs around;
A being enters upon saɱsāra;
Kamma determines his destiny."

 


 

Sutta 58

Uppatha Suttaɱ

The Deviant Path

[58.1][rhyc]

[197] "What is declared the deviant path?
What undergoes destruction night and day?
What is the stain of the holy life?
What is the bath without water?"

[198] "Lust is declared the deviant path;
Life undergoes destruction night and day;
Women are the stain of the holy life:
Here menfolk are enmeshed.
Austerity and the holy life —
That is the bath without water."

 


 

Sutta 59

Dutiya Suttaɱ

Partner

[59.1][rhyc]

[199] "What is a person's partner?
What is it that instructs him?
Taking delight in what is a mortal
Released from all suffering?"

[200] "Faith is a person's partner,
And wisdom is what instructs him.
Taking delight in Nibbāna, a mortal
Is released from all suffering."

 


 

Sutta 60

Kavi Suttaɱ

Poetry

[60.1][rhyc]

[201] "What is the scaffolding of verses?
What constitutes their phrasing?
On what base do verses rest?
What is the abode of verses?"

[202] "Metre is the scaffolding of verses;
Syllables constitute their phrasing;
Verses rest on a base of names;
The poet is the abode of verses."


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