The Fire of Lust, Hate &
Blessed Buddha once said:
On this occasion the Blessed One was staying at Gaya's Head, together
with a thousand bhikkhus. There the Blessed One told these bhikkhus this:
All this is burning! And what, bhikkhus, is that All that is
The eye, ear, nose, tongue, body & mind is burning. Forms, sounds, smells,
flavours, touches, and mental states are also burning! Any eye, ear, nose,
tongue, body & mental consciousness is also burning! Any eye, ear, nose,
tongue, body & mental contact is also burning! Any feeling arised caused by
eye, ear, nose, tongue, body or mental contact, whether pleasant, painful or
neutral, that too is indeed also burning...
Burning with what? I say: Burning with the fire of lust, hate and confusion,
birth, ageing, death, sadness, weeping, pain, frustration, & with desperation!
Seeing this, bhikkhus, the instructed
Noble disciple is disgusted with any
ear, nose, tongue, body & mind, he is disgusted with any form, sound, smell,
flavour, touch, and any mental state, he is disgusted with any eye, ear, nose,
tongue, bodily or mental consciousness & contact, and with whatever feeling,
painful or neutral, caused by whatever sensed contact,
with that too is he
dismayed, disgusted, sickened, revolted, and horrified!
Understanding this, the intelligent
Noble disciple is disgusted with this All
Being disgusted creates disillusion... Disillusion
evaporates clinging and this
relinquishment of all forms of sensing and
feeling induces mental release!
When detached the mind is unagitated!
Being all imperturbable
Awakening right there & instantly understands: This mind is
Rebirth is ended, the Noble Life is completed,
done is what should be done,
there is no state beyond or surpassing this...!
This is what the Blessed One said. Elated, those bhikkhus was pleased with
the Blessed One's speech. While this teaching was being spoken, the minds
of the thousand bhikkhus were released from fermentation by non-clinging...
Comments: The Fire Sermon!
These bhikkhus were all prior fire-worshippers, who in blinded superstition
sacrificed to the fire morning and evening! This fact made Buddha realize:
If I teach them, that the 12 sense-sources are blazing & burning with pain,
they will awaken right there in their seats by relinquishing all
On Burning in the fire of existence:
On the 3 Roots of
all Good and Evil (Mūla):
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha.
Samyutta Nikāya. Book IV 19-20
The 6 senses section 35. Thread on Burning:
Ādittam Sutta (28)