SN.10.1. Indakasutta ("With Indaka")

Saṁyutta Nikāya ("The Linked Discourses")

So I have heard. At one time the Buddha was staying near Rājagaha on Mount Indra’s Peak, the haunt of the native spirit Indaka.

Then the native spirit Indaka went up to the Buddha, and addressed him in verse:

“The Buddhas say that form is not the soul.
Then how does this body manifest?
Where do the bones and liver come from?
And how does one cling on in the womb?”

“First there’s a drop of coagulate;
from there a little bud appears;
next it becomes a piece of flesh;
which produces a swelling.
From that swelling the limbs appear,
the head hair, body hair, and teeth.

And whatever the mother eats—
the food and drink that she consumes—
nourishes them there,
the person in the mother’s womb.”

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