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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


1. In Sàvatthi.

2. King Pasenadi of Kosala approached the Blessed One, worshipped sat on a side and said to the Blessed One: "Venerable sir, is there anything else, for the born, other than decay and death?"

3. "Great king, there is no other, than decay and death."

4. "Great king, even the warriors, with great halls, much wealth and resources, much gold and silver, so many ways and resources and lots of grains, for them too for the born, there is decay and death."

5. "Great king, even the brahmins, with great halls, the householders with great halls, much wealth and resources, much gold and silver, so many ways and resources and lots of grains, for them too for the born, there is decay and death."

6. "Great king, even the bhikkhus, who are perfect, destroyed desires, lived up and done their duties, laid aside their burdens, have attained the highest good, have destroyed the bond `to be`, released rightly knowing, to them too, there is the breaking up of the body, laying down the carcass.

Even decorated royal chariots decay,

And to the body too, there comes decay
The teaching of the mind does not decay
The appeased are known everywhere."

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