Posted by: Upāsaka | 12/23/2015

Don’t concern yourself with what is not yours

357. “That which is not yours – put it away. Putting it away will be to your welfare and happiness. And what is not yours? Body, feeling, perception, mental constructs and consciousness are not yours. So, put them away. Putting them away will be to your profit and welfare. It is just as if a man should gather up, burn, or do whatever he wanted with all the grass, sticks and branches here in Jeta Grove – would you say: ‘ This man is gathering us, he is burning us, he is doing what he wants with us?'”
“No, Lord.”
“And why not?”
“Because this is not ourselves, it is not us.”
“Even so, body, feeling, perception, mental constructs and consciousness are not yours.”

Samyutta Nikaya III.34

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