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Salla Sutta

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Title: Salla Sutta: The Arrow

Summary: url=index.html#snp.3.08.than Death and loss are inevitable, but is grief.

Sn 3.8

PTS: Sn 574-593

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Salla Sutta: The Arrow

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Alternate translation: Ireland

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Without sign,
unknown

— the life here of mortals —

difficult,
short,
tied up with pain.

For there's no way by which those who are born

will not die.

Beings are subject

to death

even when they attain

old age.

Like ripe fruits whose downfall, whose danger

	is falling,

so for mortals, once born, the constant danger

	is death.

As a potter's clay vessels

large & small
fired & unfired

all end up broken,

so too life
heads to death.

Young & old wise & foolish rich & poor:

		all
come under the sway of death,
		all
have death as their end.

For those overcome by death,

gone to the other world,
father cannot shelter son,
nor relatives a relative.

See: even while relatives are looking on,

	wailing heavily,

mortals are one

by
	one

led away

	like cows to the slaughter.

In this way is the world afflicted

with aging & death,

and so the enlightened don't grieve,

knowing the way of the world.

“You don't know the path of his coming or going: seeing neither end, you lament in vain.”

If, by lamenting,

— confused,
harming yourself —

any use could be gained the prudent would do it as well. But not by weeping & grief do you gain peace of awareness.

	Pain

arises all the more. Your body

	is harmed.

You grow thin,

pale,
	harming yourself
	by yourself.

Not in that way are the dead protected. Lamentation's in vain.

Not abandoning grief, a person suffers all the more pain. Bewailing one whose time is done, you fall under the sway of grief.

Look at others going along,

people arriving

in line with their actions:

falling under the sway of death,
beings simply
shivering here.
For however they imagine it,
it always turns out
other than that.

That's the type of (their) separation.

	See the way of the world.

Even if a person lives a century

	— or more —

he's parted from his community of relatives, he abandons his life right here.

So, having heard the arahant, subduing lamentation, seeing the dead one whose time is done,

[think,] "I can't fetch him back."<span notetag #fnt-1>([[#fn-1|1]])</span> 

Just as one would put out

a burning refuge
with water,

so does the enlightened one —

discerning,
skillful,
& wise —

blow away any arisen grief, like the wind, a bit of cotton fluff.

Seeking your own happiness, you should pull out your own arrow:

your own		lamentation,
		longing,
		& sorrow.<span notetag #fnt-2>([[#fn-2|2]])</span> 

With arrow pulled out,

	independent,

attaining peace of awareness, all grief transcended,

griefless you are
	unbound.

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1.

These lines can also be translated as follows:

So, having heard the arahant, subdue lamentation, seeing the dead one whose time is done,

[and thinking,] "I can't fetch him back."
2.

These lines can also be translated as follows:

Just as one would put out

a burning refuge
with water,

so does the enlightened one —

discerning,
skillful,
& wise —

blow away any arisen grief, his own lamentation, longing, & sorrow, like the wind, a bit of cotton fluff.

Seeking your own happiness, you should pull out your own arrow.

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