3-24-4 Catuttha Gamanavaggo | Samyutta

IV. The Fourth Trip

71 (1) Winds

At Sāvatthī.

Bhikkhus, when what exists, by clinging to what, by adhering to what, does such a view as this arise:

‘The winds do not blow, the rivers do not flow, pregnant women do not give birth, the moon and sun do not rise and set but stand as steady as a pillar’?

 Venerable sir, our teachings are rooted in the Blessed One….

When there is form, Bhikkhus, by clinging to form, by adhering to form, such a view as this arises:

- ‘The winds do not blow … but stand as steady as a pillar.’

When there is feeling … perception … volitional formations … consciousness, by clinging to consciousness, by adhering to consciousness, such a view as this arises:

- ‘The winds do not blow … but stand as steady as a pillar.’

What do you think, Bhikkhus, is form … feeling … perception … volitional formations … consciousness permanent or impermanent?

Impermanent, venerable sir.

Is what is impermanent suffering or happiness?

Suffering, venerable sir.

Is what is impermanent, suffering, and subject to change fit to be regarded thus: ‘This is mine, this I am, this is my self’?

No, venerable sir.

Therefore, Bhikkhus, any kind of form whatsoever …

Any kind of feeling whatsoever …
Any kind of perception whatsoever …
Any kind of volitional formations whatsoever …

Any kind of consciousness whatsoever, whether past, future, or present, internal or external, gross or subtle, inferior or superior, far or near

—all consciousness should be seen as it really is with correct wisdom thus:
‘This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.’

Seeing thus, Bhikkhus, the instructed noble disciple experiences revulsion towards form, revulsion towards feeling, revulsion towards perception, revulsion towards volitional formations, revulsion towards consciousness.

Experiencing revulsion, he becomes dispassionate. Through dispassion [his mind] is liberated. When it is liberated there comes the knowledge: ‘It’s liberated.’

He understands: ‘Destroyed is birth, the holy life has been lived, what had to be done has been done, there is no more for this state of being.’

72 (2)–96 (26) This Is Mine, Etc.

(These Suttas repeat the views of The Second Trip, but are modelled on the above paradigm.)