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The Fire Sermon

Aditta-pariyaya Sutta

Thus I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living, at Gayasisa together with at thousand Bhikkhus. There he addressed the bhikkhus:
Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what is the All that is burning?
The eye is burning, forms/sights are burning eye-consciousness is burning, eye contact is burning, also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither pleasant nor painful that arises with eye-contact for its indispensable condition, that too is burning. Burning with what? Burning with the fire of lust, with the fire of delusion; I say it is burning with birth, ageing and death, with sorrows, with lamentations, with pains, with grief, with despair.
The ear is burning, sounds are burning, ear consciousness is burning, also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither pleasant nor painful that arises with ear contact for its indispensable condition, that too is burning. Burning with what? Burning with the fire of lust, with the fire of delusion; I say it is burning with birth, ageing and death, with sorrows, with lamentations, with pains, with grief, with despair.
The nose is burning, odours are burning, nose consciousness is burning, nose contact is burning, also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither painful nor pleasant that arises with eye contact for its indispensable condition, that too is burning. Burning with what? Burning with the fire of lust, with the fire of delusion; I say it is burning with birth, ageing and death, with sorrows, with lamentations, with pains, with grief, with despair.
The tongue is burning, flavours are burning, tongue consciousness is burning, tongue contact is burning, also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither painful nor pleasant that arises with tongue contact for its indispensable condition, that too is burning. Burning with what? Burning with the fire of lust, with the fire of delusion; I say it is burning with birth, ageing and death, with sorrows, with lamentations, with pains, with grief, with despair.
The body is burning, tangibles are burning, body consciousness is burning, body contact is burning, also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither painful nor pleasant that arises with body contact for its indispensable conditions, that too is burning. Burning with what? Burning with the fire of lust, with the fire of delusion; I say it is burning with birth, ageing and death, with sorrows, with lamentations, with pains, with grief, with despair.
The mind is burning, ideas are burning, mind consciousness is burning, mind contact is burning, also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither painful nor pleasant that arises with mind contact for its indispensable condition, that too is burning. Burning with what? Burning with the fire of lust, with the fire of delusion; I say it is burning with birth, ageing and death, with sorrows, with lamentations, with pains, with grief, with despair.

Bhikkhus, when a noble follower who has heard (the truth) sees thus, he finds estrangement in (loses attachment/affection for) the eye, find estrangement in forms/sights, finds estrangement in eye consciousness, finds estrangement in eye contact, and whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither painful nor pleasant that arises with eye contact for its indispensable condition, in that too he finds estrangement.
He loses attachment/affection for the ear, for sounds, for sound consciousness, for sound contact, and what ever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither pleasant nor painful that arises with ear contact for its indispensable condition.
He loses attachment/affection for the nose, for smells, for nose consciousness, for odour contact, and what ever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither pleasant nor painful that arises with nose contact for its indispensable condition.
He loses attachment/affection for the tongue, for tastes, for taste consciousness, for taste contact, and what ever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither pleasant nor painful that arises with tongue contact for its indispensable condition.
He loses attachment/affection for the body, for tangibles, for touch consciousness, for touch contact, and what ever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither pleasant nor painful that arises with body contact for its indispensable condition.
He loses attachment/affection for the mind, for ideas, for mind consciousness, for mind contact, and what ever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither pleasant nor painful that arises with mind contact for its indispensable condition.

When he loses attachment, passion fades out. With the fading of passion he is liberated. When liberated there is the knowledge that he is liberated; he understands 'Birth is exhausted, the divine life has been lived out, what can be done is done, of this there is no more beyond'.

That is what the Blessed One said. The bhikkhus were glad, and they approved his words.
Now during tis utterance, the hearts of those thousand bhikkhus were liberated from taints through clinging no more.


Samyutta Nikaya XXXV, 28

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