Please help me identify this passage from the Pali cannon

Hello All,

I am currently writing an article about today’s society and would like to know if anybody here happens to know what passage in the Pali cannon is the story about when the the Buddha was in a cave and he started to contemplate about why there where conflicts in the world. From memory he stated something along the lines of the world was only fire from inside and outside.

Does anyone have any idea where i can find this passage in the cannon.

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I am not exactly sure if you mean DN 21, The Questions of Sakka ( The Buddha is reported to have stayed in a cave to the east of Rājagaha and explains that envy and selfishness are the cause for hatred, injury, enmity, or malignity. That all is burning I know is stated in SN 35, 28 ( I hope this is what your are searching for.


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Perhaps this your are thiking about.

"Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what is the all that is burning?

"The eye is burning, forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning, also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with eye-contact for its indispensable condition, that too is burning. Burning with what? Burning with the fire of lust, with the fire of hate, with the fire of delusion. I say it is burning with birth, aging and death, with sorrows, with lamentations, with pains, with griefs, with despairs.

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