In this ill-smelling, unsubstantial body, which is a conglomerate of bone, skin, muscle, marrow, flesh, semen, blood, mucus, tears, rheum, feces, urine, wind, bile, and phlegm, what is the good of enjoyment of desires? And we see that this whole world is decaying, as these gnats, mosquitoes, and the like, the grass, and the trees that arise and perish…Among other things, there is the drying up of great oceans, the falling away of the mountain peaks, the deviation of the fixed pole-star… In this sort of cycle of existence (saṃsāra) what is good of enjoyment of desires, when after a man has fed on them there is seen repeatedly his return here to earth? Maitri Upanishad1
KeywordsPhenomenal World Buddhist Tradition Buddhist Literature Buddhist Perspective Buddhist Scripture
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