Chapter Twenty-One: Analysis of Arising and Disintegration

 
 
 
Disintegration occurs neither apart from
Nor together with arising.
Arising occurs neither apart from
Nor together with disintegration. [21.1]

Disintegration without arising,
How could this occur?
There would be dying without birth.
Without arising, there is no disintegration. [21.2]

Disintegration together with arising
How could this occur?
Death does not take place
At the very same time as birth. [21.3]

Arising without disintegration,
How could this occur?
It is not that things
Ever lack impermanence. [21.4]

Arising together with disintegration,
How could this occur?
Birth down not occur
At the very same time as death. [21.5]

When two things are neither
Established as coexistent,
Nor as not coexistent,
How can they be established? [21.6]

There is no arising of the ceased.
Nor is there arising of the not ceased.
There is no disintegration of the ceased,
Nor is there disintegration of the not ceased. [21.7]

Where there is no thing,
There is no arising and no disintegration.
Without arising and disintegration,
There is no thing. [21.8]

With respect to the empty,
Arising and disintegration make no sense.
With respect to the not empty,
Arising and disintegration make no sense either. [21.9]

Arising and disintegration
Do not make sense if the same.
Arising and disintegration
Do not make sense if different. [21.10]

If you think,
“I see arising and disintegration,”
Then know that what you see
Is due to ignorance. [21.11]

Things do not arise from things.
Things do not arise from nonthings.
Nonthings do not arise from nonthings.
Nonthings do not arise from things. [21.12]

Things do not arise from themselves
Nor from something other than themselves.
When nothing arises from either self or other,
How could there be arising? [21.13]

If the existence of things is claimed,
Views of permanence and annihilation follow
Because these things must then
Be permanent or annihilated. [21.14]

Although the existence of things is claimed,
Permanence and annihilation do not follow
Because existence is the continuum of effects and causes
That arise and disintegrate. [21.15]

If a continuum of arising and ceasing
Causes and effects constitutes existence,
That which is destroyed does not arise again
And causes are annihilated. [21.16]

If things have an essential nature,
They cannot reasonably become nonexistent.
When suffering is transcended there is annihilation,
For the continuum of existence is then entirely pacified. [21.17]

If the last ceases,
The first existence does not make sense.
When the last does not cease,
The first existence does not make sense. [21.18]

If the last is in the process of ceasing
While the first arises,
There is one that is ceasing
An another that arises. [21.19]

Hence, it does not make sense either
For ceasing and arising to occur together.
Could the aggregates with which one dies
Be the ones with which one is born as well? [21.20]

Therefore, nowhere in the three times,
Could there reasonably be any continuum of existence.
How could something outside of the three times
Be the continuum of existence? [21.21]    
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