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Saṁyutta Nikāya — The Connected Discourses

SN1: Connected Discourses with Devatas

SN1:19 A Little Hut

1v.37 "Don’t you have a little hut?
Don’t you have a little nest?
Don’t you have any lines extended?
Are you free from bondage?"

2v.38 "Surely I have no little hut,
Surely I have no little nest,
Surely I have no lines extended,
Surely I’m free from bondage."[n.29] Spk: The deva refers to one's mother as a "little hut" because one dwells in her womb for ten months; to a wife as a "little nest" because, after a hard day's work, men resort to the company of women in the way that birds, after searching for food during the day, resort to their nests at night; to sons as "lines extended" (santanaka) because they extend the family lineage; and to craving as bondage. The Buddha replies as he does because he will never again dwell within a mother's womb, or support a wife, or beget sons.

3v.39 "What do you think I call a little hut?
What do you think I call a little nest?
What do you think I call lines extended?
What do you think I call bondage?"[n.30] Spk: The deva asked these additional questions because he was astonished by the Buddha’s quick replies and wanted to find out if he had really grasped the meaning. .
Although three eds. employ the singular santanakaṁ in pāda c of this verse, SS and Ee2 have the plural santanake, which seems preferable for maintaining consistency with the other verses. Kintaham should be resolved kin te ahaṁ.

4v.40 "It's a mother that you call a little hut,
A wife that you call a little nest,
Sons that you call lines extended,
Craving that you tell me is bondage."

5v.41 "It's good that you have no little hut,
Good that you have no little nest,
Good that you have no lines extended,
Good that you are free from bondage."

1"Kacci te kuṭikā natthi,
kacci natthi kulāvakā;
Kacci santānakā natthi,
kacci muttosi bandhanā"ti.

2"Taggha me kuṭikā natthi,
taggha natthi kulāvakā;
Taggha santānakā natthi,
taggha muttomhi bandhanā"ti.

3"Kintāhaṁ kuṭikaṁ brūmi,
kiṁ te brūmi kulāvakaṁ;
Kiṁ te santānakaṁ brūmi,
kintāhaṁ brūmi bandhanan"ti.

4"Mātaraṁ kuṭikaṁ brūsi,
bhariyaṁ brūsi kulāvakaṁ;
Putte santānake brūsi,
taṇhāṁ me brūsi bandhanan"ti.

5"Sāhu te kuṭikā natthi,
sāhu natthi kulāvakā;
Sāhu santānakā natthi,
sāhu muttosi bandhanā"ti.