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XXIV:4 The bonds of craving

One day, a group of bhikkhus came to Savatthi for almsfood. While they were on their almsround, they saw some prisoners being brought out with their hands and legs in chains. Back at the monastery, after relating what they had seen in the morning, they asked the Buddha whether there were other bonds stronger than these. He answered, 'Bhikkhus! Those bonds are nothing compared to the bonds of craving for food and clothing, for riches and family. This craving is stronger than those chains, hand-cuffs and cages. That is the reason why the wise cut off craving and renounce the world and enter the Order of the bhikkhus.'

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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