Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Samyutta Nikaaya 2.1.1.4-10

To the Blessed, Undefiled, Rightly Self-Awakened Ones, to Sikhi, to Vessabhu, to Kakusandha, to Ko.naagamana, to Kassapa, to me, o Bhikkhus, previously, verily, before self-awakening, being still a Bodhisatta, not yet self-awakened, there came this:

?Oh, how this world has fallen into distress! One is born, ages, dies, falls from life and is born again and still cannot yet clearly see an escape to this suffering, to old age and death. When indeed will an escape to suffering become clear, to old age and to death??

And then, o Bhikkhus, to the Bodhisatta Vipassi (et al), there came this:

?What is it, indeed, that if it exists, then old age and death exist? From what cause are old age and death?

And then, verily, o Bhikkhus, to the Bodhisatta Vipassi, there was from penetrative introspection, the realisation of wisdom:

?In the case of birth, old-age and death exist; from the cause of birth exist old-age and death.?

?In the case of becoming, birth exists; from the cause of becoming exists birth.?

In the case of of clinging, becoming exists; from the cause of clinging comes becoming.

In the case of of craving, clinging exists; from the cause of craving comes clinging.

In the case of of feeling, craving exists; from the cause of feeling comes craving.

In the case of contact, feeling exists; from the cause of contact comes feeling.

In the case of the six-fold base, feeling exists; from the cause of contact comes feeling.

In the case of body and mind, the six-fold base exists; from the cause of body and mind comes the six-fold base.

In the case of consciousness, body and mind exist; from the cause of consciousness come body and mind.

In the case of formations, consciousness exists; from the cause of formations comes consciousness.

In the case of ignorance, formations exist; from the cause of ignorance come formations.

Thus it is indeed that from the cause of ignorance come formations, from the cause of formations comes consciousness, etc.

Thus is the origin of this entire mass of suffering.

?The origin! The origin!? So, o Bhikkhus, to the Bodhisatta Vipassi, in regards to previously unheard of dhammas, vision arose, knowledge arose, wisdom arose, understanding arose, brilliance arose.
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