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Jara Sutta


Title: Jara Sutta: Old Age

Summary: url=index.html#snp.4.06.than Life is short. Possessiveness brings grief. Freedom comes from abandoning any sense of mine.

Sn 4.6

PTS: Sn 804-813


Jara Sutta: Old Age

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Alternate translation: Ireland


How short this life! You die this side of a century, but even if you live past,

you die of old age.

People grieve for what they see as <i>mine,</i> for nothing possessed is constant,

nothing is constantly possessed.<span notetag #fnt-1>([[#fn-1|1]])</span> 

Seeing this separation

simply as it is,

one shouldn't follow the household life.

At death a person abandons what he construes as <i>mine.</i> Realizing this, the wise shouldn't incline to be devoted to <i>mine.</i>

Just as a man doesn't see,

on awakening,

what he met in a dream, even so he doesn't see, when they are dead

— their time done —

those he held dear.

When they are seen & heard, people are called by this name or that, but only the name remains to be pointed to

when they are dead.

Grief, lamentation, & selfishness

are not let go
by those greedy for <i>mine,</i>

so sages

letting go of possessions,
seeing the Secure,
	go wandering forth.

A monk, living withdrawn, enjoying a dwelling secluded:

they say it's congenial for him
he who wouldn't, in any realm,
	display self.


the sage

holds nothing dear or undear.

<span anchor #lotus>In him</span>

lamentation & selfishness, like water on a white lotus,

do not adhere.

As a water bead on a lotus leaf, as water on a red lily,

does not adhere,
so the sage
does not adhere

to the seen, the heard, or the sensed;

for, cleansed,
he doesn't construe
in connection

with the seen, the heard, or the sensed.

In no other way

does he wish for purity, for he neither takes on passion

nor puts it away.<span notetag #fnt-2>([[#fn-2|2]])</span> 

<h1>Notes</h1> <dl>


“Nothing possessed is constant, nothing is constantly possessed” — two readings of the phrase, <i>na hi santi nicca pariggaha.</i>


Nd.I: An arahant has put passion totally away once and for all, and so has no need to do it ever again. An alternative explanation is that, as Sn 5.6 points out, the arahant has gone beyond all dhammas, dispassion included.


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