Visuddhimagga XI-50

313. Nakhā aṅgulīnaṃ aggesu jātā.


Ñ(XI,50): Nails grow on the tips of the fingers and toes.

Tattha yathā kumārakesu daṇḍakehi madhukaṭṭhike vijjhitvā kīḷantesu na daṇḍakā jānanti amhesu madhukaṭṭhikā ṭhapitāti,

譬如儿童用棒掷蜜果的核子作游戏,[PTS 354] 棒不知道:「蜜果的核子放于我上」,

Ñ: Herein, just as, when children play a game by piercing madhuka-fruit kernels with sticks, the sticks [354] do not know 'Madhuka-fruit kernels are put on us',

napi madhukaṭṭhikā jānanti mayaṃ daṇḍakesu ṭhapitāti,


Ñ: nor do the madhuka-fruit kernels know 'We are put on sticks',

evameva na aṅguliyo jānanti amhākaṃ aggesu nakhā jātāti.


Ñ: so too, the fingers and toes do not know 'Nails grow on our tips',

Napi nakhā jānanti mayaṃ aṅgulīnaṃ aggesu jātāti.


Ñ: nor do the nails know 'We grow on the tips of fingers and toes'.

Aññamaññaṃ ābhogapaccavekkhaṇarahitā ete dhammā.


Ñ: These things are devoid of mutual concern and reviewing.

Iti nakhā nāma imasmiṃ sarīre pāṭiyekko koṭṭhāso acetano abyākato suñño nissatto thaddho pathavīdhātūti.


Ñ: So what are called nails are a particular component of this body, without thought, indeterminate, void, not a living being, rigid earth element.

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