The Connected Discourses of the Buddha - Selections

Chapter 1. Devatāsaṃyutta: Connected Discourses with Devatās

VII. Weighed Down

61 (1) Name

203 “What has weighed down everything?
      What is most extensive?
      What is the one thing that has
      All under its control?”

204 “Name has weighed down everything;
      Nothing is more extensive than name. <87>
      Name is the one thing that has
      All under its control.”

62 (2) Mind

205 “By what is the world led around?
      By what is it dragged here and there?
      What is the one thing that has
      All under its control?”

206 “The world is led around by mind;
      By mind it’s dragged here and there.
      Mind is the one thing that has
      All under its control.”

63 (3) Craving

207 “By what is the world led around?
      By what is it dragged here and there? <88>
      What is the one thing that has
      All under its control?”

208 “The world is led around by craving;
      By craving it is dragged here and there.
      Craving is the one thing that has
      All under its control.”

64 (4) Fetter

209 “By what is the world tightly fettered?
      What is its means of travelling about?
      What is it that one must forsake
      In order to say, ‘Nibbāna’?”

210 “The world is tightly fettered by delight;
      Thought is its means of travelling about.
      Craving is what one must forsake
      In order to say, ‘Nibbāna.’” <89>

65 (5) Bondage

211 “By what is the world held in bondage?
      What is its means of travelling about?
      What is it that one must forsake
      To cut off all bondage?” [40]

212 “The world is held in bondage by delight;
      Thought is its means of travelling about.
      Craving is what one must forsake
      To cut off all bondage.”

66 (6) Afflicted

213 “By what is the world afflicted?
      By what is it enveloped?
      By what dart has it been wounded?
      With what is it always burning?”<90>

214 “The world is afflicted with death,
      Enveloped by old age;
      Wounded by the dart of craving,
      It is always burning with desire.”

67 (7) Ensnared

215 “By what is the world ensnared?
      By what is it enveloped?
      By what is the world shut in?
      On what is the world established?”

216 “The world is ensnared by craving;
      It is enveloped by old age;
      The world is shut in by death;
      The world is established on suffering.” <91>

68 (8) Shut In

217 “By what is the world shut in?
      On what is the world established?
      By what is the world ensnared?
      By what is it enveloped?”

218 “The world is shut in by death;
      The world is established on suffering;
      The world is ensnared by craving;
      It is enveloped by old age.”

69 (9) Desire

219 “By what is the world bound?
      By the removal of what is it freed?
      What is it that one must forsake
      To cut off all bondage?”

220 “By desire is the world bound;
      By the removal of desire it is freed.
      Desire is what one must forsake <92>
      To cut off all bondage.” [41]

70 (10) World

221 “In what has the world arisen?
      In what does it form intimacy?
      By clinging to what is the world
      Harassed in regard to what?”

222 “In six has the world arisen;
      In six it forms intimacy;
      By clinging to six the world
      Is harassed in regard to six.”
 

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