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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Tatiya
5. Navapurana Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
IV. Kindred Sayings on the 'Six-Fold Sphere' of Sense and Other Subjects
35: Kindred Sayings the Sixfold Sphere of Sense The 'Third Fifty' Suttas
5. The Chapter on 'New and Old'

Sutta 153

Indriya-Sampanna Suttam

Faculty[1]

Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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[1][than][bodh]Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Savatthi, at Jeta Grove, in Anathapindika's, Park.

Then a certain brother came to see the Exalted One
on coming to him greeted him courteously,
and after the exchange of greetings and compliments
sat down at one side.

Seated at one side he said to the Exalted One: -

"'Perfect in faculty!

Perfect in faculty!'[2] is the saying, lord.

How far, lord,
is one perfect in faculty?"

If a brother, who dwells observing the rise and fall in the eye as faculty,
is repelled by the eye as faculty . . . by the ear . . . by the nose . . . tongue . . . body, if he be repelled by the mind as faculty, - thus repelled he lusts not for it.

Then the knowledge arises in him:

'Freed am I by freedom,'

so that he realizes:

'Rooted out is birth,
lived is the righteous life,
done is the task,
for life in these conditions
there is no hereafter.'

Thus far a brother is perfect in faculty.'

 


[1] For indriya (as power or controlling principle) see Compendium, Appendix.

[2] Indriya-sampanno ( = paripannindriya. Comy.).


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