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Nadī Sutta

1. Nadī Sutta.– If, monks, there was a swift-flowing mountain river, and a man swept down by it were to grasp at grass, reeds, or trees, they would break off and he would be swept away to calamity and disaster. In the same way, monks, an instructed ordinary individual (puthujjana) who grasps at form, feeling, perception, formations, and consciousness as self will meet with calamity and disaster because form, feeling, perception, formations, and consciousness break up. S.iii.137.

2. Nadī Sutta.– Suppose, monks, where the river Gaṅgā inclines to the East, if the people were to come with baskets and hoes thinking to make it incline to the West, would they be able to succeed? No Lord. Similarly, monks, if a monk is developing the Noble Eightfold Path and people were to offer him wealth, they would not be able to persuade him to abandon the monk’s training and revert to the lower life. S.v.53.


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