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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
40. Moggallana Samyutta

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
IV. Kindred Sayings on the 'Six-fold Sphere'
Chapter 40: Kindred Sayings about Moggallana

Sutta 9

Animitta Suttam

Signless Serenity of Heart

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time Old Man Moggallana The Great,
Savatthi-town revisiting,
Jeta Grove, Anathapindika's Park.

There then Old Man Moggallana The Great addressed the beggars:

"Beggars, my friends!"

"Friend! the beggars responded to Moggallana.

Old Man Moggallana The Great said to them:

"Here, friends, as I had retreated into solitude
there arose in my heart
this train of thought:

'"Signless serenity of heart!
signless serenity of heart!"
so they say.

Now what then is signless serenity of heart?'

So then it recurred to me, friends:

'"Here a beggar,
by not studying any signs
abides getting a grip
on signless serenity of heart."

This is what they call signless serenity of heart'

Then I, friends,
by not studying any signs
abided getting a grip
on signless serenity of heart.

But then, friends,
as I abided in this abiding,
there came consciousness of following signs.

There then, friends,
The Lucky man, through his magisty,
approached me and said:

"Moggallana!

Moggallana!

Do not, brahmin,
be careless with signless serenity of heart!

Set your heart on signless serenity of heart!

Make one with your heart signless serenity of heart.

Steady your heart in signless serenity of heart!"

So then I, friends,
by not studying any signs
abided getting a grip
on signless serenity of heart.

He who would, speaking highly of one, friends, say:

"The Master brought the student to attainment of great higher knowledge,"

would, speaking highly of me, say:

"The Master brought the student to attainment of great higher knowledge."


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