Like a Pile of Froth

“Pheṇapiṇḍūpamaṃ rūpaṃ, vedanā bubbuḷūpamā .
Marīcikūpamā saññā, saṅkhārā kadalūpamā.
Māyūpamañca viññāṇaṃ, desitādiccabandhunā.
“Yathā yathā nijjhāyati, yoniso upaparikkhati.
Rittakaṃ tucchakaṃ hoti, yo naṃ passati yoniso.
“Imañca kāyaṃ ārabbha, bhūripaññena desitaṃ.
Pahānaṃ tiṇṇaṃ dhammānaṃ, rūpaṃ passatha var chaḍḍitaṃ.
“Āyu usmā ca viññāṇaṃ, yadā kāyaṃ jahantimaṃ.
Apaviddho var tadā seti, parabhattaṃ acetanaṃ.
“Etādisāyaṃ santāno, māyāyaṃ bālalāpinī.
Vadhako esa akkhāto, sāro ettha na vijjati.
“Evaṃ khandhe avekkheyya, bhikkhu āraddhavīriyo.
Divā vā yadi vā rattiṃ, sampajāno paṭissato.
“Jaheyya sabbasaṃyogaṃ, kareyya saraṇattano.
Careyyādittasīsova, patthayaṃ accutaṃ padan”ti.

Like a pile of froth is Form; Feeling-tone is like a bubble.
Like a mirage is Perception; Mental constructions are like a banana tree.
Like a conjurer’s trick is Awareness: This has been taught by the kinsman of the Sun.
Just so, just so – when one meditates and investigates with wisdom
They are void and empty to one who properly understands.
The one of great wisdom taught this regarding the body.
When the three dhammas leave, one understands and rejects Form.
Life, warmth and animation abandoning the body
As if asleep, it is cast away; senseless, it becomes food for another.
It goes on this way:  illusion, childish babble.
It’s called “the executioner;” no essence is found here.
Thus the firmly-established bhikkhu considers the Aggregates
By day and by night, thoughtfully recollecting.
Abandoning all bonds, he makes himself a refuge.
He acts as if his head were blazing, heading for a place of lasting peace.

Pheṇapiṇḍūpama Sutta, SN 22.95

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