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Anguttara-Nikaya
III. Tikanipata
IV. Devaduta Vagga

The Book of the
Gradual Sayings
or
More-Numbered Suttas

Part III
The Book of the Threes

Chapter IV
Messengers of the Gods

Sutta 32 (a)

Ananda Suttam

(a) Ananda

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts][bodh][upal] I hear tell:

Once upon a time Bhagava, Savatthi-town residing,
Anathapindika's Jeta Grove.

There, then, Old-Man Ananda came into the presence of the Lucky Man.

Having come into the presence of the Lucky Man,
he took a seat to one side.

Having taken a seat to one side,
Old-Man Ananda said this to the Lucky Man:

"Now is it, bhante, that a beggar
can attain such focus[1] that
with consciousness of body,[2]
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,[3]
is not?

that externally all signs of
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
is not?

that an inhabitating of the heart's liberation,
liberation-by-wisdom may arise where
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
is not had?

Is there the arising of
and abiding in
such a heart's liberation,
liberation-by-wisdom?"

"There is, Ananda,
the attainment of such focus that
with consciousness of body,
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
is not;
that externally all signs of
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
is not;
that an inhabitating of the heart's liberation,
liberation-by-wisdom may arise where
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
is not had.

And there is the arising of
and abiding in
such a heart's liberation,
liberation-by-wisdom."

"But further, bhante, how is is that a beggar
can attain such focus that
with consciousness of body,
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
is not;
that externally all signs of
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
is not;
that an inhabitating of the heart's liberation,
liberation-by-wisdom may arise where
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
is not had?

How is there the arising of
and abiding in
such a heart's liberation,
liberation-by-wisdom?"

"Here Ananda, a beggar has this thought:

No gain - No Pain
Own-making: sankara. The making of one's own world by way of identification with the intent to create personal experience through acts of thought, word, and deed. We could say 'personalization' and the 'personal,' but there is less awareness in these terms of the fact that the personal world is made by us.

p.p. explains it all - p.p.

'This is sanity,
this is the pinnacle,
that is, the calming of all own-making,
the forsaking of upkeep,
the destruction of thirst,
dispassion,
ending,
Nibbana.'

Even so, Ananda, is
the attainment of such focus that
with consciousness of body,
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
is not;
that externally all signs of
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
is not;
that an inhabitating of the heart's liberation,
liberation-by-wisdom may arise where
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
is not had.

This is the arising of
and abiding in
such a heart's liberation,
liberation-by-wisdom.

And further, Ananda, this was fittingly said in 'The Questions of Parayane Punnaka'[4]:

'Whoso, the world high and low has figured out,
By nothing anywhere made jittery,
Calm, clear, unshakable, desireless,
uprooted has he, birth and aging, so say I.'"

 

§

 

Sutta 32 (b)

Sariputta Suttam

(b) Sariputta

[2][pts][upal][bodh] There, then, Old-Man Sariputta came into the presence of the Lucky Man.

Having come into the presence of the Lucky Man, he took a seat to one side.

Having taken a seat to one side, the Lucky Man said this to Old-Man Sariputta:

"In brief, do I, Sariputta set forth Dhamma;

In detail, do I, Sariputta, set forth Dhamma;

In brief and in detail, do I, Sariputta, set forth Dhamma -

Yet those who understand are hard to find."

"Now is the time, Bhagava!

Now is the time, Welcome One,
for the Lucky Man to set forth Dhamma in brief,
to set forth Dhamma in detail,
to set forth Dhamma in brief and in detail -
there will be those who understand Dhamma."

"In that case, Sariputta train yourseves thus:

'With this consciousness of body,
"I" making,
"Mine" making,
or the madness that follows,
shall not exist;
externally all signs of
"I" making,
"Mine" making,
or the madness that follows,
shall not exist;
and an habitat where the heart's liberation,
liberation-by-wisdom shall arise where
"I" making,
"Mine" making,
or the madness that follows,
is not had.

And there shall be the arising of
and abiding in
such a heart's liberation,
liberation-by-wisdom.'

This is how you must train yourselves, Sariputta.

Whensoever, Sariputta, in a beggar
with consciousness of body,
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
does not exist;
externally all signs of
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
does not exist;
and an habitat where the heart's liberation,
liberation-by-wisdom arises where
'I' making,
'Mine' making,
or the madness that follows,
is not had,
and there is the arising of
and abiding in
such a heart's liberation,
liberation-by-wisdom,
I say, Sariputta,
such a beggar has cut off thirst,
removed the yoke,
with consummate understanding of madness,
has made an end of pain.[5]

And further, Sariputta, this was fittingly said in 'The Questions of Udaya':[6]

'Letting go of perception of pleasure[7] and misery both,
And sloth and worry's obstructions dispelling,
with purified detachment lead by Dhamma-thought
liberation by knowing is declared and the breaking-up of blindness.'"

 


[1] Samadhi-patilabho.

[2] Savinnanake kaye. Woodward has: 'in this body, together with its consciousness' and footnotes the term 'savinnanake' giving: 'co-minded'.
PED: Savinnana possessed of consciousness, conscious, animate A I.83; -ka the same A I.132; DhA I.6. - See vinnanaka.
Literally: sa = 'with' vinnana = consciousness.

[3] Ahankara-mamankara-mananusaya.

[4] See: AN 4 41; SNP 5.3 where Bhk. Thanissaro has:

'He who has fathomed
the far and near in the world,
for whom there is nothing
perturbing in the world -
    his vices evaporated,
    undesiring, untroubled,
        at peace -
he, I tell you, has crossed over birth
            aging.'"

[5] Cf. M. i, 122; S. i, 12 (K.S. i, 18); iv, 205; UdA. 363.

[6] Sn. 1106.

[7] Kkamasannanam. Pleasure-perception. Woodward changes to: 'Kama-cchandanan.' Pleasure-wishing.


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