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Sutta Nipata
4
Sutta 5. Paramatthaka Sutta

[pali] [faus]

Supreme

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
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When dwelling on views
    as "supreme,"
a person makes them
the utmost thing
in the world,
and, from that, calls
all others inferior
and so he's not free
from disputes.
When he sees his advantage
in what's seen, heard, sensed,
or in precepts and practices,
seizing it there
he sees all else
            as inferior.

That, too, say the skilled,
is a binding knot: that
in dependence on which
you regard another
        as inferior.
So a monk shouldn't be dependent
    on what's seen, heard, or sensed,
    or on precepts and practices;
nor should he conjure a view in the world
    in connection with knowledge
    or precepts and practices;
shouldn't take himself
    to be "equal";
shouldn't think himself
    inferior or superlative.

Abandoning     what he had embraced,
abandoning         self,[1]
    not clinging,
he doesn't make himself dependent
even in connection with knowledge;
doesn't follow a faction
among those who are split;
doesn't fall back
on any view whatsoever.

One who isn't inclined
toward either side
    -- becoming or not-,
    here or beyond --
who has no entrenchment
when considering what's grasped among doctrines,
hasn't the least
preconceived perception
with regard to what's seen, heard, or sensed.
By whom, with what,
should he be pigeonholed
here in the world?
    -- this brahman
    who hasn't adopted views.

They don't conjure, don't yearn,
don't adhere even to doctrines.

A brahman not led
by precepts or practices,
gone to the beyond
    -- Such --
    doesn't fall back.

 


[1] Self... what he had embraced: two meanings of the Pali word, attam.

 


 

References:

See also:
MN 72;
AN X.93

 


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