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Shed all that is not worth Keeping!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
He who can curb his anger as soon as it arises, as a timely antivenom medicine
will cure the snake's poison that so quickly spreads, such a monk gives up both
the here and the beyond, just as a snake sheds its worn-out skin.

He who entirely cuts off his lust, as when in a pond one uproots lotus plants,
such one gives up both here & beyond, just as a snake sheds its worn-out skin.

He who entirely cuts off all craving by drying up its fierce and rapid flow,
such a monk gives up both the here and the beyond, just as a snake sheds
its worn-out skin..

He who entirely blots out the conceit "I Am" as the storm demolishes a fragile
bamboo bridge, such a monk gives up the here and the beyond, just as a snake
sheds its worn-out skin..

He who does not find a core, or any substance in any of the realms of being,
like the flowers, which are vainly sought in the fig trees, that bear no flowers,
such a monk gives up all worldly here, the beyond, and everything in between,
just as a snake sheds its worn-out skin...


More on Release (Vimokkha, Vimutti):
Freed by Knowing, Fulfilling_Release_by_Wisdom, The_8_Deliverances,
Self-Control_Releases, Beyond_Release

Source: Sutta-Nipāta 1-5:
Reflections on the Uraga Sutta by Nyanaponika Thera.
Wheels 241/242 Kandy; Buddhist Publication Society:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Wheels/wh241.pdf

The Worn-out Skin..


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