The Discourse about the Noble Search

[3. The Decision to Search for Awakening]

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I also, monks, before the Awakening, while still an unawakened Bodhisatta, being myself subject to birth, sought out what was subject to birth, being myself subject to old-age, sought out what was subject to old-age, being myself subject to sickness, sought out what was subject to sickness, being myself subject to death, sought out what was subject to death, being myself subject to grief, sought out what was subject to grief, being myself subject to defilements, sought out what was subject to defilements.

Then, monks, this occurred to me: ‘Why, being myself subject to birth, do I seek out what is subject to birth, being myself subject to old-age, do I seek out what is subject to old-age, being myself subject to disease, do I seek out what is subject to disease, being myself subject to death, do I seek out what is subject to death, being myself subject to grief, do I seek out what is subject to grief, being myself subject to defilements, do I seek out what is subject to defilements?

What if I, being myself subject to birth, after understanding the danger in being subject to birth, were to seek out the birthless, supreme, secure Nibbāna,

being myself subject to old-age, after understanding the danger in being subject to old-age, were to seek out the ageless, supreme, secure Nibbāna,

being myself subject to disease, after understanding the danger in being subject to disease, were to seek out the sickless, supreme, secure Nibbāna,

being myself subject to death, after understanding the danger in being subject to death, were to seek out the deathless, supreme, secure Nibbāna,

being myself subject to grief, after understanding the danger in being subject to grief, were to seek out the griefless, supreme, secure Nibbāna,

being myself subject to defilements, after understanding the danger in being subject to defilements, were to seek out the undefiled, supreme, secure Nibbāna?’