Suppavāsā Sutta: Who is the heedless one?

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Suppavāsā Sutta: Who is the heedless one?

Postby fivebells » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:38 pm

In the Suppavāsā Sutta Suppavāsā is happy that her son is talking to Sariputta, and her son is unhappy because he's just spent 7 years in a "belly of blood." Suppavāsā is so overjoyed that she says she would like to have seven more children, even with such difficult pregnancies. The Buddha then says

The disagreeable
in the guise of the agreeable,
the unlovable
in the guise of the lovable,
pain in the guise of bliss,
one who is heedless.

Who is he calling heedless? Suppavāsā, her son, or both? My money is on Suppavāsā only, but it is a bit cryptic.

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Re: Suppavāsā Sutta: Who is the heedless one?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:59 pm

Your money is safe enough if you didn't bet at all, but also if you bet on Suppavāsā. ;)

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