|A prince who lives in luxury sees the truth and renounced (Tamvir Singh Multani).|
|Kapilavastu in Afghanistan, ancient Sakya-Land, Sakastan of the Indo-Scythians (Shakyans)|
|Snow-capped Himalayan foothills seen from pre-US invasion Kabul, Afghanistan (BBC4).|
|The Buddha-to-come in the Himalayas.|
- Translator's note: The Pali Text Society editions treat this discourse as if it were two discourses (III.38 and III.39) divided here into two parts. Much older Asian editions treat it as one, numbered III.39. The autobiographical verse at the end of the second half, which is identical with the verse concluding AN 5.57, fits neatly with the autobiographical first half of the discourse, suggesting that the two halves were meant to go together. [Editors' note: Sukhamala, which we translate here as "luxury," may also be interpreted as a "string of happiness" or "unalloyed pleasantness" as in good times.]
Central Asia 100-200 AD
|Former monastic caves used by the Shakyan monastics dot the cliffs of Bamiyan.|
"'If I -- who am subject to aging and in no way beyond aging -- were to be horrified, disgusted and repulsed on seeing another person who is aged, that would not be fitting for me.' As I repeatedly gave attention to this, the [typical] young person's intoxication with youth entirely dropped away.
|The caves of Bamiyan, Afghanistan, the real Kapilavastu (near Kabul (wiki/WQ).|
"'And if I -- who am subject to illness and in no way beyond illness -- were to be horrified, disgusted, and repulsed on seeing another person who is ill, that would not be fitting for me.' As I repeatedly gave attention to this, the healthy person's intoxication with health entirely dropped away.
"'And if I -- who am subject to death and in no way beyond death -- were to be horrified, disgusted, and repulsed on seeing another person who is dead, that would not be fitting for me.'
"As I gave repeated attention to this, the living person's intoxication with life entirely dropped away.
Part II: Intoxication
|The portion of the Himalayan range known as the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan (Davric).|
"Ascetics, there are these three forms of intoxication. What are the three? They are intoxication with youth, intoxication with health, and intoxication with life.
|Did Sid once play along this hill? Bamiyan|
|The Buddha saw the Truth and was free (WQ).|
"'And if I were to be repelled by beings subject to these things, it would not be fitting for me, living as they do.' As I maintained this attitude -- knowing the Dharma without clinging -- I overcame all intoxication with health, youth, and life as one who sees renunciation (letting go) as rest. For me, energy arose, nirvana was clearly seen.
- [Seeing, touching, or glimpsing nirvana leads to a change of lineage as one goes from ordinary ignorant worldling to the lineage (gotrabu) of Nobles Ones, or this may refer to an earlier stage when one turns attention to the dissolution phase of all phenomena that arises, turns, and goes out, which leads to disillusionment with sensuality, anger, and delusion, and one turns away to peace.]