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Sanyutta Nikaya,
V: MahaVagga
46. Bojjhanga Sanyutta
I. Pabbata-Vaggo

Sayings Related to
The Dimensions of Awakening

Sutta 5

Bhikkhu Suttam

The Beggar

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts][bodh] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time Bhagava, Savatthi-town revisiting.

There then another beggar approached The Lucky Man.

Having approached, he drew near.

Having drawn near,
he exchanged greetings,
and took a seat to one side.

Seated to one side then, that beggar said to the Lucky Man:

"'Bojjhanga bojjhanga' ti bhante, vuccanti.|| ||

["'Dimension of Awakening. Dimension of Awakening,' is the expression, bhante.]

Kittavata nu kho bhante, 'bojjhanga' ti vuccanti ti?"|| ||

[What then, bhante, is the scope of the expression 'Dimension of Awakening'?]

"'Bodhaya sanvattanti' ti kho bhikkhu||
tasma 'bojjhanga' ti vuccanti.|| ||

["Think then: 'A component of Awakening' beggar,
such is the expression: 'Dimension of Awakening.']

Idha bhikkhu, Bhikkhu||
sati-sambojjhangam bhaveti,||
viveka-nissitam,||
viraga-nissitam,||
nirodha-nissitam,||
vossagga-parinamim.|| ||

[Here, beggar, a beggar
brings to life the memory-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.]

Dhamma-vicaya-sambojjhangam bhaveti,||
viveka-nissitam,||
viraga-nissitam,||
nirodha-nissitam,||
vossagga-parinamim.|| ||

[He brings to life the investigation-of-things-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.]

Viriya-sambojjhangam bhaveti,||
viveka-nissitam,||
viraga-nissitam,||
nirodha-nissitam,||
vossagga-parinamim.|| ||

[He brings to life the energy-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.]

Piti-sambojjhangam bhaveti,||
viveka-nissitam,||
viraga-nissitam,||
nirodha-nissitam,||
vossagga-parinamim.|| ||

[He brings to life the entheusiasm-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.]

Passaddhi-sambojjhangam bhaveti,||
viveka-nissitam,||
viraga-nissitam,||
nirodha-nissitam,||
vossagga-parinamim.|| ||

[He brings to life the impassivity-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.]

Samadhi-sambojjhangam bhaveti,||
viveka-nissitam,||
viraga-nissitam,||
nirodha-nissitam,||
vossagga-parinamim.|| ||

[He brings to life the serenity-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.]

Upekkha-sambojjhangam bhaveti,||
viveka-nissitam,||
viraga-nissitam,||
nirodha-nissitam,||
vossagga-parinamim.|| ||

[He brings to life the detachment-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.]

Tassime satta-bojjhange bhavayato||
kam'asava pi cittam vimuccati,||
bhav'asava pi cittam vimuccati||
avijj'asava pi cittam vimuccati.|| ||

[Thus having brought to life these seven dimensions of awakening
the heart is freed from the corrupting influence of sense-desire
the heart is freed from the corrupting influence of existence,
the heart is freed from the corrupting influence of blindness.]

Vimuttasmim 'Vimuttami,' ti||
nanam hoti||
'khina jati||
vusitam brahmacariyam||
katam karaniyam||
naparam itthattaya' ti pajanati.|| ||

[In freedom, having the knowledge: 'I am free,'
he understands:

'Left behind is birth,
re-inhabited is the Brahma mode,
duty's doing's done
there is no it'n-n-at'n to follow.']

'Bodhaya sanvattanti' ti kho bhikkhu,||
tasma 'bojjhanga' ti vuccanti" ti.|| ||

["Think then: 'A component of Awakening' beggar,
such is the expression: 'Dimension of Awakening.']


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