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Tipitaka Sutta Pitaka Samyutta Nikaya Context of this sutta

Samyutta Nikaya IX.6
Anuruddha Sutta
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I have heard that on one occasion Ven. Anuruddha was dwelling among the Kosalans in a forest thicket. Now at that time, a devata from the retinue of the heaven of the Thirty-three named Jalini, one of Ven. Anuruddha's former consorts, went to him and, on arrival, addressed him with this verse:

Direct your mind
to where you used to live,
among the devas of the Thirty-three,
    with all sensual pleasures.
Honored, surrounded
    by deva maidens,
    will shine.

[Ven. Anuruddha:]

They've gone astray,
deva maidens
established in self-identity.
And they've gone astray,
those beings with deva maidens
    as their aim.


They don't know bliss
who haven't seen Nandana,
abode of the eminent devas,
of the Thirty-three.

[Ven. Anuruddha:]

You fool, don't you know
the arahants' maxim? --
'How inconstant are compounded things!
Their nature:     to arise & pass away.
They disband     as they are arising.
    Their total stilling is bliss.'

Jalini, there is now
in deva company
no further abode
[for me].
With the utter ending
of wandering on in birth,
there is now
no further becoming.

See also: SN V.7; SN VI.15.


Updated: 1-7-2000

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