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English translation of
Holy Sutta Nipata
English translation by V. Fausböll
taken from http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/sbe10/

Book 05 Parayanavagga : Chapter 02 Agitamanavapukkha

1.
By what is the world shrouded,'--so said the venerable A/g/ita,--'by what does it not shine? What callest thou its pollution, what is its great danger?'

2.
'With ignorance is the world shrouded, O A/g/ita,'--so said Bhagavat,--'by reason of avarice it does not shine; desire I call its pollution, pain is its great danger.'

3.
'The streams of desire flow in every direction,'--so said the venerable A/g/ita;--'what dams the streams, say what restrains the streams, by what may the streams be shut off?'

4.
'Whatever streams there are in the world, O A/g/ita,'--so said Bhagavat,--'thoughtfulness is their dam, thoughtfulness I call the restraint of the streams, by understanding they are shut off.'

Continued...

5.
'Both understanding and thoughtfulness,'--so said the venerable A/g/ita,--'and name and shape, O venerable man,--asked about this by me, declare by what is this stopped? '

6.
Buddha: 'This question which thou hast asked, O A/g/ita, that I will explain to thee; (I will explain to thee) by what name and shape are totally stopped; by the cessation of consciousness this is stopped here.'

7.
A/g/ita: 'Those who have examined (all) Dhammas (i.e. the saints), and those who are disciples, (and those who are) common men here,--when thou art asked about their mode of life, declare it unto me, thou who art wise, O venerable man.'

8.
Buddha: 'Let the Bhikkhu not crave for sensual pleasures, let him be calm in mind, let him wander about skilful in all Dhammas, and thoughtful.'

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-- Book 05 - Chapter 02 --





 
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