1. Āsīvisa Sutta.– Taught at Sāvatthi. Man has to tend four snakes of fierce heat and fearful venom — the four primary elements (mahābhūta); be is constantly followed by five murderous foes — the five aggregates of attachment (upādānakkhandhā); he is pursued by a murderous housebreaker with uplifted sword — passionate desire (nandirāga); while trying to escape them, he wanders into an empty village, where everything is empty — the sixfold personal sense sphere (ajjhattikāyatana), and into it come village-
2. Āsīvisa Sutta.– There are four kinds of snakes in the world: the venomous but not fierce, the fierce but not venomous, the one that is both and the one that is neither. Similarly there are four kinds of persons: the one quick to get angry but with short-
Āsīvisa Vagga.– The nineteenth chapter of the Saḷāyatana Saṃyutta of the Saṃyuttanikāya. J.iv.172‑204.