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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Chakkanipata
IV. Devatā Vagga

Sutta 41

Darukakhandha Sutta

The Wood Pile

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons

 


 

[1][pts][bd] I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Rajagaha on Vulture's Peak Mountain.

Then early in the morning,
Ven. Sariputta put on his robes and,
carrying his bowl and outer robe,
was coming down from Vulture's Peak Mountain
with a large group of monks
when he saw a large wood pile
off to one side.
Seeing it, he said to the monks,

"Friends, do you see
that large wood pile over there?"

"Yes, friend," the monks replied.

[2][pts][bd] "Friends, if he wanted to,
a monk with psychic power,
having attained mastery of his mind,
could will that wood pile
to be nothing but earth.
Why is that?

There is earth-property (or: earth-potential)
in that wood pile,
in dependence on which
he could will that wood pile
to be nothing but earth.

[3][pts][bd] "If he wanted to,
a monk with psychic power,
having attained mastery of his mind,
could will that wood pile
to be nothing but water.
Why is that?

There is water-property
in that wood pile,
in dependence on which
he could will that wood pile
to be nothing but water.

[4][pts][bd] "If he wanted to,
a monk with psychic power,
having attained mastery of his mind,
could will that wood pile
to be nothing but fire.
Why is that?

There is fire-property
in that wood pile,
in dependence on which
he could will that wood pile
to be nothing but fire.

[5][pts][bd] "If he wanted to,
a monk with psychic power,
having attained mastery of his mind,
could will that wood pile
to be nothing but wind.
Why is that?

There is wind-property
in that wood pile,
in dependence on which
he could will that wood pile
to be nothing but wind.

[6][pts][bd] "If he wanted to,
a monk with psychic power,
having attained mastery of his mind,
could will that wood pile
to be nothing but beautiful.
Why is that?

There is the beautiful-property
in that wood pile,
in dependence on which
he could will that wood pile
to be nothing but beautiful.

[7][pts][bd] "If he wanted to,
a monk with psychic power,
having attained mastery of his mind,
could will that wood pile
to be nothing but unattractive.
Why is that?

There is the unattractive-property
in that wood pile,
in dependence on which
he could will that wood pile
to be nothing but unattractive."


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