|Academic||Sutta Name||Notes||PSA Plae||Vagga||Nikaya||PTS||Keywords|
|AN.VII.70||Arakaa Anusaasanii Sutta||The Buddha recapitulates an ancient teaching formerly given by the teacher Arakaa concerning the transience of human life. Human life can be compared to: 1. the drying up of a dew-drop in the heat of the morning sun; 2. the bursting of a bubble produced on a puddle by heavy rainfall; 3. the disappearance of the trace of a stick drawn across a water surface; 4. the relentless flowing of a mountain stream carrying all debris away while never pausing for a moment; 5. the spitting out of a gob of spittle; 6. incineration of a lump of meat in a heated iron pot, and; 7. a cow whose every pace brings it one step closer to the abbatoir. |
Realizing that life is insignificant, trifling and fraught with hardship, one should follow the Brahma-faring in earnest because for those who are born there is no immortality.
|37/273||Sattaka Nipaata, Unallocated Pa.n.naasaka||A"nguttara||A.iv.|