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1. Jarā Vagga. The sixth chapter of the Devatā Samyutta. S. i.36-9.

2. Jarā Vagga. The fifth chapter of the Indriya Samyutta. S. v.216-27.

3. Jarā Vagga. The eleventh section of the Dhammapada.

1. Jarā Sutta. Once, when the Buddha was on a visit to Sāketa, a rich brahmin and his wife, seeing him, called him their son and ministered to him with great affection. It is said that for five hundred births they had been the parents of the Bodhisatta. At the conclusion of a meal the Buddha preached to them and they became Sotāpannas. After the Buddha left Sāketa they continued to lead pious lives and became arahants before death. At their funeral they were accorded all the honours due to arahants, and at the conclusion of the ceremonies the Buddha, who was present, preached this sutta to those assembled there (SnA..ii.531ff; DhA.iii.317ff; cp. - Sāketa Jātaka).

From selfishness come grief and avarice. The monk who lives away from the world, un-smeared by it, is independent and becomes purified. Sn.804-813 explained at MNid.i.117ff.

2. Jarā Sutta. Righteousness remains good even in old age; faith is a lucky stance, wisdom the jewel among men and merit the wealth none can steal. S. i.36.

3. Jarā Sutta.Everything is subject to decay - the eye, objects, etc. S. iv.27.

4. Jarā Sutta. The Buddha sits, one afternoon, outside the Migāramātupāsāda, warming his limbs in the sun, and Ananda, while chafing the Buddha's limbs with his hands, tells him that his skin is no longer clear, his limbs are slack and his body bent. The Buddha explains that this is but natural, old age being inherent in youth and decay and death being inevitable. S. v.216.


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