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Title: Tanhavagga: Craving




Tanhavagga: Craving

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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<h5><a name=“dhp-334” id=“dhp-334”>334</a></h5>

When a person lives heedlessly, his craving grows like a creeping vine. He runs now here

&amp; now  there,

as if looking for fruit:

a monkey in the forest.

<h5><a name=“dhp-335” id=“dhp-335”>335-336</a></h5>

If this sticky, uncouth craving overcomes you in the world, your sorrows grow like wild grass

after rain.

<a name=“dhp-336” id=“dhp-336”>If, in the world, you overcome</a> this uncouth craving, hard to escape, sorrows roll off you,

like water beads off
a lotus.

<h5><a href=“dhp.intro.than_en.html#fn-337” name=“dhp-337” id=“dhp-337”>337</a></h5>

To all of you gathered here I say: Good fortune.

Dig up craving

— as when seeking medicinal roots, wild grass —

by the root.

Don't let Mara cut you down — as a raging river, a reed — over &amp; over again.

<h5><a name=“dhp-338” id=“dhp-338”>338</a></h5>

If its root remains undamaged &amp; strong, a tree, even if cut, will grow back. So too if latent craving is not rooted out, this suffering returns


<h5><a href=“dhp.intro.than_en.html#fn-339” name=“dhp-339” id=“dhp-339”>339-340</a></h5>

He whose 36 streams, flowing to what is appealing, are strong: the currents — resolves based on passion — carry him, of base views, away.

<a name=“dhp-340” id=“dhp-340”>They flow every which way, the streams,</a> but the sprouted creeper stays

   in place.

Now, seeing that the creeper's arisen, cut through its root with discernment.

<h5><a href=“dhp.intro.than_en.html#fn-341” name=“dhp-341” id=“dhp-341”>341</a></h5>

Loosened &amp; oiled are the joys of a person. People, bound by enticement, looking for ease: to birth &amp; aging they go.

<h5><a href=“dhp.intro.than_en.html#fn-343” name=“dhp-342” id=“dhp-342”>342-343</a></h5>

Encircled with craving, people hop round &amp; around like a rabbit caught in a snare. Tied with fetters &amp; bonds they go on to suffering, again &amp; again, for long.

<a name=“dhp-343” id=“dhp-343”>Encircled with craving,</a> people hop round &amp; around like a rabbit caught in a snare.

So a monk

should dispel craving, should aspire to dispassion

for himself.

<h5><a name=“dhp-344” id=“dhp-344”>344</a></h5>

Cleared of the underbrush but obsessed with the forest, set free from the forest, right back to the forest he runs. Come, see the person set free who runs right back to the same old chains!

<h5><a href=“dhp.intro.than_en.html#fn-346” name=“dhp-345” id=“dhp-345”>345-347</a><a name=“dhp-346” id=“dhp-346”></a></h5>

That's not a strong bond — so say the enlightened — the one made of iron, of wood, or of grass. To be smitten, enthralled,

with jewels &amp; ornaments,
longing for children &amp; wives:

that's the strong bond, — so say the enlightened — one that's constraining,

hard to untie.

But having cut it, they — the enlightened — go forth, free of longing, abandoning

sensual ease.

<a name=“dhp-347” id=“dhp-347”>Those smitten with passion</a>

   fall back

into a self-made stream, like a spider snared in its web. But, having cut it, the enlightened set forth, free of longing, abandoning

all suffering &amp; stress.

<h5><a href=“dhp.intro.than_en.html#fn-348” name=“dhp-348” id=“dhp-348”>348</a></h5>

Gone to the beyond of becoming,

you let go of <i>in front,

</i> let go of <i>behind, </i> let go of <i>between. </i>With a heart everywhere let-go, you don't come again to birth

   &amp; aging.

<h5><a href=“dhp.intro.than_en.html#fn-350” name=“dhp-349” id=“dhp-349”>349-350</a></h5> <a name=“dhp-350” id=“dhp-350”></a>

For a person

forced on by his thinking,
fierce in his passion,
focused on beauty,

craving grows all the more. He's the one

who tightens the bond.

But one who delights

in the stilling of thinking,

always mindful

a focus on the foul:

He's the one

who will make an end,

the one who will cut Mara's bond.

<h5><a href=“dhp.intro.than_en.html#fn-352” name=“dhp-351” id=“dhp-351”>351-352</a></h5> <a name=“dhp-352” id=“dhp-352”></a>

Arrived at the finish, unfrightened, unblemished, free of craving, he has cut away the arrows of becoming. This physical heap is his last.

Free from craving, ungrasping, astute in expression, knowing the combination of sounds — which comes first &amp; which after. He's called a

greatly discerning
great man.

<h5><a href=“dhp.intro.than_en.html#fn-353” name=“dhp-353” id=“dhp-353”>353</a></h5>

All-conquering, all-knowing am I, with regard to all things,


All-abandoning, released in the ending of craving: having fully known on my own, to whom should I point as my teacher?

<h5><a href=“dhp.intro.than_en.html#fn-354” name=“dhp-354” id=“dhp-354”>354</a></h5>

A gift of Dhamma conquers all gifts; the taste of Dhamma, all tastes; a delight in Dhamma, all delights; the ending of craving, all suffering

                           &amp; stress.

<h5><a name=“dhp-355” id=“dhp-355”>355</a></h5>

Riches ruin the man weak in discernment, but not those who seek

the beyond.

Through craving for riches the man weak in discernment

   ruins himself

as he would others.

<h5><a name=“dhp-356” id=“dhp-356”>356-359</a></h5>

Fields are spoiled by weeds; people, by passion. So what's given to those free of passion

bears great fruit.

<a name=“dhp-357” id=“dhp-357”>Fields are spoiled by weeds;</a> people, by aversion. So what's given to those free of aversion

bears great fruit.

<a name=“dhp-358” id=“dhp-358”>Fields are spoiled by weeds;</a> people, by delusion. So what's given to those free of delusion

bears great fruit.

<a name=“dhp-359” id=“dhp-359”>Fields are spoiled by weeds;</a> people, by longing. So what's given to those free of longing

bears great fruit.

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