Itivuttaka: The Buddha’s Sayings

The Section of the Ones

15. Craving

This was said by the Lord…

“Bhikkhus, I do not perceive any single fetter other than the fetter of craving by which beings are so tied and for so long a time run on and wander in saṃsāra. It is indeed through the fetter of craving that beings are tied and for a long time run on and wander in saṃsāra.”

A man companioned by craving
Wanders on this long journey;
He cannot go beyond saṃsāra
In this state of being or another.

Having understood the danger thus—
That craving is the origin of suffering—
A bhikkhu should wander mindfully,
Free from craving, without grasping.