Agganna Sutta

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Agganna Sutta

Post by Nicholas » Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:53 am

A few excerpts from this Buddhist falling and arising of worlds & humans sutta:
10. 'There comes a time, Vasettha, when, sooner or later after a long period, this world
contracts. At a time of contraction, beings are mostly born in the Abhassara Brahma
world. And there they dwell, mind-made, feeding on delight, self-luminous, moving
through the air, glorious — and they stay like that for a very long time. But sooner or
later, after a very long period, this world begins to expand again. At a time of expansion,
the beings from the Abhassara Brahma world, having passed away from there, are
mostly reborn in this world. Here they dwell, mind-made, feeding on delight, self-luminous,
moving through the air, glorious — and they stay like that for a very long time.

11. 'At that period, Vasettha, there was just one mass of water, and all was darkness,
blinding darkness. Neither moon nor sun appeared, no constellations or stars appeared,
night and day were not distinguished, nor months and fortnights, no years or seasons,
and no male and female, beings being reckoned just as beings.
Source: The Long Discourses of the Buddha, a Translation of the Digha Nikaya.
Trans. Maurice Walshe. Wisdom Publications
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Re: Agganna Sutta

Post by Nicholas » Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:13 pm

And sooner or later,
after a very long period of time, savoury earth spread itself over the waters where those
beings were. It looked just like the skin that forms itself over hot milk as it cools. It was
endowed with colour, smell and taste. It was the colour of fine ghee or butter, and it was
very sweet, like pure wild honey.

12. 'Then some being of a greedy nature said: "I say, what can this be?" and tasted the
savoury earth on its finger. In so doing, it became taken with the flavour, and craving
arose in it. Then other beings, taking their cue from that one, also tasted the stuff with
their fingers. They too were taken with the flavour, and craving arose in them. So they
set to with their hands, breaking off pieces of the stuff in order to eat it. And the
result of this was that their self-luminance disappeared. And as a result of the
disappearance of their self-luminance, the moon and the sun appeared, night and day
were distinguished, months and fortnights appeared, and the year and its seasons. To
that extent the world re-evolved.
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Re: Agganna Sutta

Post by Nicholas » Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:45 pm

13. 'And those beings continued for a very long time feasting on this savoury earth,
feeding on it and being nourished by it. And as they did so, their bodies became
coarser, and a difference in looks developed among them. Some beings became good-looking,
others ugly. And the good-looking ones despised the others, saying: "We are
better-looking than they are." And because they became arrogant and conceited about
their looks, the savoury earth disappeared. At this they came together and lamented,
crying: "Oh that flavour! Oh that flavour!" And so nowadays when people say: "Oh that
flavour!" when they get something nice, they are repeating an ancient saying without
realising it.
14. 'And then, when the savoury earth had disappeared, a fungus cropped up, in
the manner of a mushroom. It was of a good colour, smell, and taste. It was the colour
of fine ghee or butter, and it was very sweet, like pure wild honey. And those beings set
to and ate the fungus. And this lasted for a very long time. And as they continued to
feed on the fungus, so their bodies became coarser still, and the difference in their looks
increased still more. And the good-looking ones despised the others. . . And because
they became arrogant and conceited about their looks, the sweet fungus disappeared.
Next, creepers appeared, shooting up like bamboo. . . , and they too were very sweet,
like pure wild honey.
And so the downward spiral of self-centeredness continued until our familiar contentious human realm appeared.
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