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Jatukanni-manava-puccha: Jatukannin's Question


Summary: url=index.html#snp.5.11.than How does one abandon birth and aging.

Sn 5.11 PTS: Sn 1096-1100

Jatukanni-manava-puccha: Jatukannin's Question

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu


Hearing that there was a hero —

desiring no sensuality,
having crossed over the flood —

I've come with a question:

Tell me the state of peace,
O One with quick eyes. O Blessed One,
	tell me
	as it actually is.

For the Blessed One lives

having surpassed sensuality,
as the radiant sun, in its radiance,
	the earth.

Limited my discernment,

O One whose discernment's profound.

Teach me to know the Dhamma,

the abandoning here
	of birth
	& aging.

[The Buddha:]

Subdue greed for sensual pleasures,

& see renunciation as rest.

Let there be nothing grasped

or rejected by you.

Burn up what's before, and have nothing for after. If you don't grasp at what's in between,(1) you will go about, calm. One completely devoid of greed for name & form, brahman, has no effluents

by which he would go
under Mara's sway.



According to Nd.II, “before” stands for defilements related to the past, “after” for defilements related to the future, and “in between” for the five aggregates — form, feeling, perception, thought-fabrications, sensory consciousness — in the present.

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