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Aŋguttaranikāyo
Catukkanipāto
XXIV: Kamma Vagga

Sutta 235

Ariya Magga Suttaɱ

The Noble Path

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
For free distribution only.

 


 

[1][pts] "Monks, these four types of kamma
have been directly realized,
verified, and made known by me.
Which four?

There is kamma that is dark
with dark result.
There is kamma that is bright
with bright result.
There is kamma that is dark and bright
with dark and bright result.
There is kamma that is neither dark nor bright
with neither dark nor bright result,
leading to the ending of kamma.

"And what is kamma that is dark
with dark result?

There is the case where a certain person
fabricates an injurious bodily fabrication,
fabricates an injurious verbal fabrication,
fabricates an injurious mental fabrication.

Having fabricated an injurious bodily fabrication,
having fabricated an injurious verbal fabrication,
having fabricated an injurious mental fabrication,
he rearises in an injurious world.

On rearising in an injurious world,
he is there touched by injurious contacts.

Touched by injurious contacts,
he experiences feelings
that are exclusively painful,
like those of the beings in hell.

This is called kamma that is dark
with dark result.

"And what is kamma that is bright
with bright result?

There is the case where a certain person
fabricates a non-injurious bodily fabrication,
fabricates a non-injurious verbal fabrication,
fabricates a non-injurious mental fabrication.

Having fabricated a non-injurious bodily fabrication,
having fabricated a non-injurious verbal fabrication,
having fabricated a non-injurious mental fabrication,
he rearises in a non-injurious world.

There he is touched by non-injurious contacts.

Touched by non-injurious contacts
he experiences feelings that are exclusively pleasant,
like those of the Ever-radiant Devas.

This is called kamma that is bright with bright result.

"And what is kamma that is dark and bright
with dark and bright result?

There is the case where a certain person
fabricates a bodily fabrication that is injurious and non-injurious,
fabricates a verbal fabrication that is injurious and non-injurious
fabricates a mental fabrication that is injurious and non-injurious.

Having fabricated a bodily fabrication that is injurious and non-injurious,
having fabricated a verbal fabrication that is injurious and non-injurious
having fabricated a mental fabrication that is injurious and non-injurious
he rearises in an injurious and non-injurious world.

There he is touched by injurious and non-injurious contacts.

Touched by injurious and non-injurious contacts,
he experiences injurious and non-injurious feelings,
pleasure mingled with pain,
like those of human beings,
some devas,
and some beings in the lower realms.

This is called kamma that is dark and bright with dark and bright result.

"And what is kamma that is neither dark nor bright
with neither dark nor bright result,
leading to the ending of kamma?

Right view,
right resolve,
right speech,
right action,
right livelihood,
right effort,
right mindfulness,
right concentration.

This is called kamma
that is neither dark nor bright
with neither dark nor bright result,
leading to the ending of kamma.

"These, monks, are the four types of kamma directly realized,
verified, and made known by me."

 


 

See also:
MN 57;
"Kamma and the Ending of Kamma" in The Wings to Awakening (Thanissaro Bhikkhu)

 


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