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Jarā Sutta

1. Jarā Sutta.– The sixth sutta of the Aṭṭhakavagga of the Suttanipāta.Once, when the Buddha was on a visit to Sāketa, a rich brahmin and his wife, seeing him, called him their son and ministered to him with great affection. It is said that for five hundred births they had been the parents of the Bodhisatta. At the conclusion of a meal the Buddha taught them and they became Stream-winners. After the Buddha left Sāketa they continued to lead pious lives and became Arahants before death. At their funeral they were accorded all the honours due to Arahants, and at the conclusion of the ceremonies the Buddha, who was present, taught this sutta to those assembled there (SNA.ii.531 ff; DhA.iii.317 ff; cp.Sāketa Jātaka).

From selfishness come grief and avarice. The monk who lives away from the world, un-smeared by it, is independent and becomes purified. SN.804‑813 explained at MNid.i.117 ff.

2. Jarā Sutta.– Righteousness remains good even in old age; faith is a lucky stance, wisdom the jewel among men and merit the wealth none can steal. S.i.36.

3. Jarādhamma Sutta.– Everything is subject to decay — the eye, objects, etc. S.iv.27.

4. Jarādhamma Sutta.– The Buddha sits, one afternoon, outside the Migāramātupāsāda, warming his limbs in the sun, and Ānanda, while chafing the Buddha’s limbs with his hands, tells him that his skin is no longer clear, his limbs are slack and his body bent. The Buddha explains that this is but natural, old age being inherent in youth and decay and death being inevitable. S.v.216.

1. Jarā Vagga.– The sixth chapter of the Devatā Saṃyutta. S.i.36‑9.

2. Jarā Vagga.– The fifth chapter of the Indriya Saṃyutta. S.v.216‑27.

3. Jarā Vagga.– The eleventh section of the Dhammapada.

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