SN.1.23. Jaṭāsutta ("A Tangle")

Saṁyutta Nikāya ("The Linked Discourses")

“Tangled within, tangled without:
these people are tangled in tangles.
I ask you this, Gotama:
Who can untangle this tangle?”

“A wise person grounded in ethics,
developing the mind and wisdom,
a keen and alert mendicant,
they can untangle this tangle.

Those in whom greed, hate, and ignorance
have faded away;
the perfected ones with defilements ended—
they have untangled the tangle.

And where name and form
cease with nothing left over;
as well as impingement and perception of form:
it’s there that the tangle is cut.”

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