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Set “your” world aflame!

July 15, 2010

I wanted to share one of my favorite sutra’s today. I share it because to me it was truly a moving talk given by the Buddha. It was a call to action, and a powerful one at that. So I give you, the Fire Sermon…

The Fire Sermon

I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying at Varanasi in Gaya, at Gaya Head, with 1,000 monks. There he addressed the monks:

‘Monks, the All is aflame. What All is aflame? The eye is aflame. Forms are aflame. Visual consciousness is aflame. Visual contact is aflame. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on visual contact, experienced as pleasure, pain, or neither-pleasure-nor-pain that too is aflame. Aflame with what? Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion. Aflame, I say, with birth, ageing death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, grief’s despairs.

‘The ear is aflame. Sounds are aflame…

‘The nose is aflame. Odors are aflame…

‘The tongue is aflame. Flavors are aflame…

‘The body is aflame. Tactile sensations are aflame…

‘The intellect is aflame. Ideas are aflame. Mental consciousness is aflame. Mental contact is aflame. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on mental contact, experienced as pleasure, pain, or neither-pleasure-nor-pain that too is aflame. Aflame with what? Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion. Aflame, I say, with birth, ageing, & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, grief’s & despairs.

‘Seeing thus, the instructed Noble disciple grows disenchanted with the eye, disenchanted with forms, disenchanted with visual consciousness, disenchanted with visual contact. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on visual contact, experienced as pleasure, pain, or neither-pleasure-nor-pain: He grows disenchanted with that too.

‘He grows disenchanted with the ear…

‘He grows disenchanted with the nose…

‘He grows disenchanted with the tongue…

‘He grows disenchanted with the body…

‘He grows disenchanted with the intellect, disenchanted with ideas, disenchanted with mental consciousness, disenchanted with mental contact. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on mental contact, experienced as pleasure, pain, or neither-pleasure-nor-pain: He grows disenchanted with that too. Disenchanted, he becomes dispassionate. Through dispassion, he is released. With release, there is the knowledge, “Released.” He discerns that, “Birth is depleted, the holy life fulfilled, the task done. There is nothing further for this world.”‘

That is what the Blessed One said. Glad at heart, the monks delighted at his words. And while this explanation was being given, the hearts of the 1,000 monks, through no clinging (not being sustained), were released from the mental effluents.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2010 10:03 pm

    Source for this English translation? I’d read more sutras if they were this clear.

  2. July 15, 2010 11:11 pm

    Heya Doug… long time since I’ve heard from you. How are u?

    The site I got that from is http://www.buddhasutra.com/

  3. July 15, 2010 11:50 am

    “This is what I heard.”

    Thank you SO much for posting this today!
    Namaste

  4. July 15, 2010 10:36 am

    “We don’t need no water…”

    Very, very good, Mister… thank you for sharing that.

    …a

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