Mount Vepulla

SN 15.20
PTS: S ii 190
Mount Vepulla
translated from the Pali by
Ñanamoli Thera &
Bhikkhu Bodhi

Thus have I heard.

On one occasion, the Blessed One was dwelling at Rājagaha on Vulture Peak Mountain. There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus thus: “Bhikkhus.”— “Venerable sir,” they replied. The Blessed One said this:

“Bhikkhus, this saṃsāra is without discoverable beginning. A first point is not discerned of beings roaming and wandering on hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving. In the past, bhikkhus, this Mount Vepulla was called Pācinavaṃsā, and at that time these people were called Tivaras. The life span of the Tivaras was 40,000 years. They could climb Mount Pācinavaṃsā in four days and descend in four days. At that time the Blessed One Kakusandha, an Arahant, a Perfectly Enlightened One, had arisen in the world. His two chief disciples were named Vidhura and Sañjiva, an excellent pair. See, bhikkhus! That name for this mountain has disappeared, those people have died, and that Blessed One has attained final Nibbāna. So impermanent are formations, bhikkhus, so unstable, so unreliable. It is enough, bhikkhus, to become disenchanted with all formations, enough to become dispassionate towards them, enough to be liberated from them.

“At another time in the past, bhikkhus, this Mount Vepulla was called Vaṅkaka, and at that time these people were called Rohitassas. The life span of the Rohitassas was 30,000 years. They could climb Mount Vaṅkaka in three days and descend in three days. At that time the Blessed One Koṇāgamana, an Arahant, a Perfectly Enlightened One, had arisen in the world. His two chief disciples were named Bhiyyosa and Uttara, an excellent pair. See, bhikkhus! That name for this mountain has disappeared, those people have died, and that Blessed One has attained final Nibbāna. So impermanent are formations, bhikkhus, so unstable, so unreliable. It is enough, bhikkhus, to become disenchanted with all formations, enough to become dispassionate towards them, enough to be liberated from them.

“At still another time in the past, bhikkhus, this Mount Vepulla was called Supassa, and at that time these people were called Suppiyas. The life span of the Suppiyas was 20,000 years. They could climb Mount Supassa in two days and descend in two days. At that time the Blessed One Kassapa, an Arahant, a Perfectly Enlightened One, had arisen in the world. His two chief disciples were named Tissa and Bhāradvāja, an excellent pair. See, bhikkhus! That name for this mountain has disappeared, those people have died, and that Blessed One has attained final Nibbāna. So impermanent are formations, bhikkhus, so unstable, so unreliable. It is enough, bhikkhus, to become disenchanted with all formations, enough to become dispassionate towards them, enough to be liberated from them.

“At present, bhikkhus, this Mount Vepulla was called Vepulla, and at present these people are called Magadhans. The life span of the Magadhans is short, limited, fleeting; one who lives long lives a hundred years or a little more. The Magadhans climb Mount Vepulla in an hour and descend in an hour. At present I have arisen in the world, an Arahant, a Perfectly Enlightened One. My two chief disciples are named Sāriputta and Moggallāna, an excellent pair. There will come a time, bhikkhus, when the name for this mountain will have disappeared, when these people will have died, and I will have attained final Nibbāna. So impermanent are formations, bhikkhus, so unstable, so unreliable. It is enough, bhikkhus, to become disenchanted with all formations, enough to become dispassionate towards them, enough to be liberated from them.

This is what the Blessed One said. Having said this, the Fortunate One, the Teacher, further said this:

aaaaaaaaaaaaaa“This was called Pācinavaṃsā by the Tivaras,
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAnd Vaṅkaka by the Rohitassas,
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaThen Supassa by the Suppiya people;
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAnd Vepulla at present by the Magandhans.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaa“Impermanent, alas, are formations,
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaTheir nature: to arise & pass away.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHaving arisen, they cease.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaTheir total stilling is bliss.”

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