10: Kappamāṇavapucchā
The Young Man Kappa's Questions

 

“Majjhe sarasmiṁ tiṭṭhataṁ, icc-āyasmā Kappo,
“For those standing in the middle of a lake, said venerable Kappa,

oghe jāte mahabbhaye,
when a fearful flood has arisen,

jarāmaccuparetānaṁ,   dīpaṁ pabrūhi mārisa,
for those overcome by old age and death, speak (about) an island, dear Sir,

tvañ-ca me dīpam-akkhāhi   yatha-y-idaṁ nāparaṁ siyā.” [117 (1092) 10-1]
you must explain an island to me, so there will be no more after this.”

 

“Majjhe sarasmiṁ tiṭṭhataṁ, Kappā ti Bhagavā,
“For those standing in the middle of a lake, Kappa, said the Gracious One,

oghe jāte mahabbhaye
when a fearful flood has arisen,

jarāmaccuparetānaṁ,   dīpaṁ pabrūmi Kappa te: [118 (1093) 10-2]
for those overcome by old age and death, I speak (about) an island, Kappa:

 

akiñcanaṁ anādānaṁ,   etaṁ dīpaṁ anāparaṁ,
having nothing, no attachment, this is the island with nothing beyond,

Nibbānaṁ iti taṁ brūmi   jarāmaccuparikkhayaṁ. [119 (1094) 10-3]
this is called Nibbāna, I say, the end of old age and death.

 

Etad-aññāya ye satā,   diṭṭhadhammābhinibbutā,
Knowing this, those who are mindful, who are emancipated in this very life,

na te Māravasānugā,   na te Mārassa paddhagū” ti. [120 (1095) 10-4]
come not under Māra's control, they are not servants to Māra.”

Kappamāṇavapucchā niṭṭhitā
The Young Man Kappa's Questions are Finished