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What are the four wheels and nine doors mentioned in the sutta below?

Why is it "born from a bog"?

What is the meaning of the sutta?

From the Four Wheels Sutta (Sutta Nipata 1.29):

“Having four wheels and nine doors,
Filled up and bound with greed,
Born from a bog, O great hero!
How does one escape from it?”

“Having cut the thong and the strap,
Having cut off evil desire and greed,
Having drawn out craving with its root:
Thus one escapes from it.”

  • 4 limbs, 9 body openings (7 head, 2 lower) = human/being in sensual world, by up cutting of kama-chanda, one leaves the sensual realm. As quick perceived. It seems not related to direct Nibbana (althought "with it's roots" is mentioned, but the wish was related to the dirty sensual realm). Nyom might now give a good answer himself. – Samana Johann Jun 23 at 5:12
  • @SamanaJohann You can submit this as an answer, Bhante. – ruben2020 Jun 23 at 10:59
  • My person would need to deeper into, that it is of use. Let's see, but Nyom usually not only rejoices but also would have the capacity to go on for a blessed answer. – Samana Johann Jun 23 at 11:14
  • More common is Chakra, for the "wheels" and might be also denote old indian models of "life-energy", usualy 5 or 7 charkras. – Samana Johann Jun 23 at 11:21
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four wheels and nine doors

It means 4 limbs(?), 9 body openings (7 head, 2 lower) -- so, a human/being in sensual world. By cutting off kama-chanda, one leaves the sensual realm (human would & other sugati realms, is bound to higher heavens). As quick perceived. It seems not related to direct Nibbana (although "with its roots" is mentioned, but the wish was related to the dirty sensual realm).

See also AN 2.35: Samacitta Sutta — Minds in Tune

Further investigations in regard of "cakka", wheel:

More common is Chakra, for the "wheels" and might be also denote old indian models of "life-energy", usualy 5 or 7 charkras, which leads to

The esoteric traditions in Buddhism generally teach four chakras.[3] In some early Buddhist sources, these chakras are identified as: manipura (navel), anahata (heart), vishuddha (throat) and ushnisha kamala (crown). en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra

but as still not really proper seeming, a Pali research gives a better answer:

catucakka an instr. of four, a lucky tetrad, a fourwheeler of the body as expressing itself in the four kinds of deportment, iriyāpathas A ii.32; S i.16, 63 (catucakkaŋ). In this sense generalized as a happy state, consisting of "4 blessings": paṭirūpadesa -- vāsa, sappurisûpassaya, atta -- sammāpaṇidhi, pubbe -- kata -- puññatā, https://dsalsrv04.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/app/pali_query.py?qs=Cakka&searchhws=yes

(sugati loka, human with certain merits)

bog: refers to birth in a womb, phlegm... swamp. The questioner obiviously aware of asubha of body, form.

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