Chiggala Sutta: The Hole


Samyutta Nikaya 56.48

...This precious human birth...

Monks, suppose that this great earth were totally covered with water, and a man were to toss a yoke with a single hole there. A wind from the east would push it west, a wind from the west would push it east. A wind from the north would push it south, a wind from the south would push it north. And suppose a blind sea-turtle were there. It would come to the surface once every one hundred years. Now what do you think: would that blind sea-turtle, coming to the surface once every one hundred years, stick his neck into the yoke with a single hole?"

"It would be a sheer coincidence, lord, that the blind sea-turtle, coming to the surface once every one hundred years, would stick his neck into the yoke with a single hole."

"It's likewise a sheer coincidence that one obtains the human state. 
It's likewise a sheer coincidence that a Tathagata, worthy & 
rightly self-awakened, arises in the world. 
It's likewise a sheer coincidence that a doctrine & discipline 
expounded by a Tathagata appears in the world."

"Now, this human state has been obtained.
A Tathagata, worthy & rightly self-awakened, has arisen in the world. 
A doctrine & discipline expounded by a Tathagata appears in the world."

...waste not this precious human birth...


Source: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn56/sn56.048.than.html

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