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ItivuttakaItv 69 Dutiyarāga Sutta
Passion 2

When passion, hatred, and delusion is not eradicated, it is as if one is swimming in the ocean without being able to come ashore.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard:

“Monks, any monk or nun in whom passion is not eradicated, hatred is not eradicated, and delusion is not eradicated is said to be one who has not crossed over the great ocean. Having reached the far shore, he, the liberated Brāhmin stands on dry ground.”

This is the meaning of what the Blessed One said. So, with regard to this, it was said:

There is this great ocean filled with sharks, demons, and fearful waves. The one who has eradicated passion, hatred, and ignorance has crossed over this ocean which is so difficult to cross.

He has surmounted the ties of defilements, has left Māra behind, has become free from defiled Kamma, has abandoned suffering, and has forsaken repeated existence.

That liberated one has gone to the ultimate supreme goal. He cannot be defined by any measure; I say, he has deluded Māra.

This, too, is the meaning of what was said by the Blessed One. This is exactly as I heard.

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Itivuttaka 69 Dutiyarāga Sutta: Passion 2

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