Friday, August 19, 2005

Samyutta Nikaaya 2.1.2.1

2. The Chapter on Nutriment

1. The Discourse on Nutriment

Thus have I heard ? at one time, the Blessed One was dwelling in Savatthi,at Jetavana, in Anathapindika?s park ? He said this ?

There are these four nutriments, o Bhikkhus, for the subsistence of those beings who have already become, or for the support of those seeking becoming.

Which four? Material food ? coarse or refined, contact as the second, mental volition as the third, consciousness as the fourth.

There are indeed, o Bhikkhus, these four nutriments for the subsistence of those beings who have already become, or for the support of those seeking becoming.

These four nutriments, o Bhikkhus, what do they originate from, what are they caused by, what are they born from, because of what do they come into being?

These four nutriments have their origin in craving, are caused by craving, are born from craving, come into being because of craving.

And this craving, o Bhikkhus, what does it originate from, what is it caused by, what is it born from, because of what does it come into being?

Craving has its origin in feeling, is caused by feeling , is born from feeling, comes into being because of feeling.

And this feeling o Bhikkhus, what does it originate from, what is it caused by, what is it born from, because of what does it come into being?

Feeling has its origin in contact, is caused by contact , is born from contact, comes into being because of contact.

And this contact o Bhikkhus, what does it originate from, what is it caused by, what is it born from, because of what does it come into being?

Contact has its origin in six-sense base, is caused by the six-fold base , is born from the six-fold base, comes into being because of six-fold base.

And this six-fold base, o Bhikkhus, what does it originate from, what is it caused by, what is it born from, because of what does it come into being?

The six-fold base has its origin in body and mind, is caused by body and mind , is born from body and mind, comes into being because of body and mind.

And this body and mind, o Bhikkhus, what does it originate from, what is it caused by, what is it born from, because of what does it come into being?

The body and mind has its origin in consciousness, is caused by consciousness , is born from consciousness, comes into being because of consciousness.

And this consciousness, o Bhikkhus, what does it originate from, what is it caused by, what is it born from, because of what does it come into being?

Consciousness has its origin in formations, is caused by formations , is born from formations, comes into being because of formations.

And these formations, o Bhikkhus, what does it originate from, what is it caused by, what is it born from, because of what does it come into being?

Formations have their origin in ignorance, are caused by ignorance , are born from ignorance, come into being because of ignorance.

Thus indeed, o Bhikkhus, through the condition of ignorance come formations, through the condition of formations comes consciousness, etc., thus is the origin of this entire mass of suffering.

But indeed, from the remainderless cessation of ignorance comes the cessation of formations; from the cessation of formations comes the cessation of consciousness, etc., thus is the cessation of this entire mass of suffering.