Not even as much as a Fingernail of Dust Lasts!
At Savatthi. Seated to the side, a
certain bhikkhu asked the Blessed One:
Is there, Venerable Sir, any form, or any feeling, or any perception, or any
mental construction, or any consciousness, that is permanent, stable, eternal,
not a changing state, that will remain the same, just like eternity itself ?
Then the Blessed One took up a tiny bit of soil on his fingernail and said to
that bhikkhu: Bhikkhu, there is not even this much form, feeling, perception,
construction, or consciousness, that is permanent, stable, eternal, not subject
to change, that will remain the same, just like eternity itself...! If there was
this much form, feeling, perception, construction, or consciousness, that was
permanent, stable, eternal, and not changing, this living of the Noble Life for
the utterly complete elimination of all suffering, could not be made known...
But because there is not even this much form, nor feeling, nor any perception,
nor mental construction, nor consciousness that is permanent, stable, eternal,
not subject to change, this living of the Noble Life for the complete elimination
of all suffering can indeed be made known...
More on the Universal Fact of Impermanence:
are all phenomena existing.
Whoever fully perceives this with
develops immunity to suffering.
This is a way to freedom.
Source: The Grouped Sayings by the
Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya XXII (97); [III 147-9]
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