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Unrul3r wrote:Here goes an educated guess.
The other things in the list are organic and are easily verifiable that they die. Gold & Silver, on the other hand, were most likely seen as indestructible in those days. Today, gold is known to be dissoluble only in specific solutions but in those times, these methods of dissolving gold were probably unknown.
"Birth" still applies since gold is extracted and refined for human use, so these processes can be seen as gold's birth.
The Burmese, Sri Lankan, and PTS editions of the Canon exclude gold and silver from the list of objects subject to illness, death, and sorrow, apparently on the grounds that they themselves do not grow ill, die, or feel sorrow. The Thai edition of the Canon includes gold and silver in the list of objects subject to illness, death, and sorrow in the sense that any happiness based on them is subject to change because of one's own illness, death, and sorrow.
sabbe sankhara anicca
sabbe sankhara dukkha
sabbe dhamma anatta
All conditioned things are impermanent,
All conditioned things are suffering,
All things are without a self.
ti yada paññaya passati
atha nibbindati dukkhe
esa maggo visuddhiya.
when one sees this with Insight-wisdom, one becomes weary of dukkha (i.e., the khandhas). This is the Path to Purity.
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