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Title: Attadanda Sutta: The Rod Embraced
Summary: url=index.html#snp.4.15.than The Buddha speaks in poignant terms of the samvega that led him to abandon the home life. He concludes with recommendations for practice and a description of the person who has attained the goal of true peace and security.
PTS: Sn 935-954
Attadanda Sutta: The Rod Embraced
translated from the Pali by
“When embraced, the rod of violence(1) breeds danger & fear: Look at people quarreling.
I will tell of how I experienced dismay.
Seeing people floundering like fish in small puddles, competing with one another —
as I saw this, fear came into me.
The world was entirely
All the directions
were knocked out of line.
Wanting a haven for myself, I saw nothing that wasn't laid claim to. Seeing nothing in the end but competition, I felt discontent. And then I saw an arrow here,
so very hard to see, embedded in the heart.
Overcome by this arrow you run in all directions. But simply on pulling it out
you don't run, you don't sink.<span notetag #fnt-15-2>([[#fn-15-2|2]])</span>
[Here the trainings are recited.](3)
Whatever things are tied down in the world, you shouldn't be set on them. Having totally penetrated sensual pleasures, sensual passions,(4) you should train for your own
Be truthful, not insolent, not deceptive, rid of divisiveness. Without anger, the sage should cross over the evil
of greed & avarice.
He should conquer laziness,
shouldn't consort with heedlessness, shouldn't stand firm in his pride —
the man with his heart set on Unbinding.
He shouldn't engage in lying, shouldn't create a sense of allure in form, should fully fathom conceit, and live refraining from impulsiveness; shouldn't delight in what's old,
prefer what's new,<span notetag #fnt-15-5>([[#fn-15-5|5]])</span> grieve over decline, get entangled in what's dazzling & bright.<span notetag #fnt-15-6>([[#fn-15-6|6]])</span>
<a name=“flood”></a>I call greed
a 'great flood';
hunger, a swift current. Preoccupations are ripples; sensuality, a bog
hard to cross over.
Not deviating from truth, a sage stands on high ground
Having renounced All,(7) he is said to be at peace; having clearly known, he is an attainer-of-wisdom; knowing the Dhamma, he's
Moving rightly through the world,
he doesn't envy anyone here.
Whoever here has gone over & beyond sensual passions — an attachment hard to transcend in the world, doesn't sorrow, doesn't fret. He, his stream cut, is free
Burn up what's <i>before,</i> and have nothing for <i>after.</i> If you don't grasp at what's <i>in between,(8)</i>
you will go about, calm.
For whom, in name & form,
in every way,
there's no sense of <i>mine,</i> and who doesn't grieve over what is not:
he, in the world, isn't defeated, suffers no loss.<span notetag #fnt-15-9>([[#fn-15-9|9]])</span>
To whom there doesn't occur
'This is mine,'
for whom 'nothing is others,' feeling no sense of <i>mine-ness,</i> doesn't grieve at the thought
'I have nothing.'
Not harsh, not greedy, not
this is the reward — I say when asked — for those who are free from pre- conceptions.
For one unperturbed — who knows — there's no accumulating. Abstaining, unaroused, he everywhere sees
security.<span notetag #fnt-15-10>([[#fn-15-10|10]])</span> The sage
doesn't speak of himself as among those who are higher,
or lower. At peace, free of selfishness, he doesn't embrace, doesn't
the Blessed One said.
<p><b>1.</b> Nd. I: The rod of violence takes three forms: physical violence (the three forms of bodily misconduct), verbal violence (the four forms of verbal misconduct), and mental violence (the three forms of mental misconduct). See AN 10.176.
<b>3.</b> This phrase, a kind of stage direction, seems to indicate that this poem had a ritual use, as part of a ceremony for giving the precepts.
<b>4.</b> “Sensual pleasure, sensual passions”: two meanings of the word <i>kama.</i>
<b>5.</b> Nd. I: “Old” and “new” mean past and present aggregates.
<b>6.</b> Nd. I: “what's dazzling & bright” = craving and other defilements.
<b>7.</b> For the definition of All, see <a href=”../../../lib/authors/thanissaro/likefire/2-1.html#all“>the discussion in <i>The Mind Like Fire Unbound,</i> pp. 31-32</a>.
<b>8.</b> Nd. I: “Before,” “after,” and “in between” = past, future, and present.
<b>9.</b> “Isn't defeated, suffers no loss” — two meanings of the Pali phrase, <i>na jiyyati.</i>
<p>See also: AN 3.38</p>
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