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Samyutta Nikaya
Sacca Saṁyutta

56.38 Dutiya Suriyupama Sutta
The Sun 2

Until a Supreme Buddha appears in the world, there is darkness.

“Monks, as long as the moon and the sun don’t arise in the world, no great light or great radiance appears. Darkness prevails the entire world. Days and nights, months and fortnights and seasons and years aren’t found.

“Monks, however, when the moon and the sun arise in the world, a great light, a great radiance appears. Darkness no longer prevails. Days and nights, months and fortnights and seasons and years are found.

“Monks, in the same way, as long as a Buddha doesn’t appear in the world, no great light or great radiance appears. Darkness prevails the entire world. There’s no explanation, teaching, promoting, establishing, clarifying, analyzing or revealing of the Four Noble Truths.

“Monks, when a Buddha appears in the world, a great light, a great radiance appears. Darkness no longer prevails. There is explanation, teaching, promoting, establishing, clarifying, analyzing, and revealing of the Four Noble Truths. What four? The noble truth of suffering, the Noble Truth of the origin of suffering, the Noble Truth of the cessation of suffering, and the Noble Truth of the path that leads to the cessation of suffering.

“Therefore, monks, you should make an effort to understand: ‘This is suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the origin of suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the cessation of suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the path that leads to the cessation of suffering.’”

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Saṁyutta Nikāya 56.38 Dutiya Suriyupama Sutta: The Sun 2

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