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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tikanipāta
XIII. Kusināra Vagga

Sutta 128

Anuruddho Sutta

Anuruddha

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL

Once upon a time The Lucky Man, Baranasi-town revisiting, Isipatana, Deer Park.

There then the Ancient Anuruddha approached the Ancient Sariputta and drew near.

Drawing near the Ancient Sariputta he gave friendly greeting.

Having given friendly greetings and exchanged polite conversation, he took a seat to one side.

Seated to one side then the Ancient Anuruddha said this to the Ancient Sariputta:

Here friend Sariputta
the divine eye is purified beyond the ken of ordinary men: —
I overlook worlds a-thousand;

And then further,
undertaken by me is energy unsluggish;
set up is memory unconfused;

Passified in body
at peace
composed
at one with the heart;[1]

But still there is no absolute[2] freedom of heart from the corrupting influences.

[Sariputta:]

2. This being as you say then friend Anuruddha:

"I with the divine eye purified beyond the ken of ordinary men: —
overlook worlds a-thousand";
this is 'pride';

This being just as you say friend Anuruddha:

"Undertaken by me is energy unsluggish;
set up is memory unconfused;"
this is 'excitement';

This being just as you say friend Anuruddha:

"But still there is no absolute freedom of heart from the corrupting influences;"
this is 'worry'.[3]

Well it would be for you, friend Anuruddha,
to let go of these three things,
not look for the solution in[4] these three things,
taking up in heart the characteristics of the deathless.

3. There then the Ancient Anuruddho,
wasted no time letting go these three things,
not looking for the solution in these three things,
took up in heart the characteristics of the deathless.

There then the Ancient Anuruddho
alone by himself,
careful,
ardent,
living persistent,
not long thereafter attained and entered into
that unsurpassed conclusion of the godly life
even young sons of the best houses
leave home venturing to find
and he knew for himself
in this seen thing
as an eye-witness that:

'Left behind is birth,
lived is carrying on like God,
duty's doing's done,
no further it'n-at'n me!'

And the Ancient Anuruddha too became one of the Arahants.

 


[1] Cittaṃ ekaggaṃ. Usually translated: 'at one point', e.g., Woodward, Bhk. Bodhi. Here this is being taken to mean an aspect of the necessity to get body and mind in alignment in order to attain freedom.

[2] Na anupādāya āsavehi cittaṃ vumuccatī. No non-support [for] corrupting-influences heart freedom. Woodward: 'heart not released from the asavas without grasping'; Bhk. Bodhi: 'mind not liberated from the taints through non-clinging'.

[3] mānasmiṃ, uddhaccasmiṃ, kukkuccasmiṃ, in Sariptuta's analysis of Anuruddha's three statements. These are two of the saŋyojanas binding one to the higher births that need to be eliminated to attain arahantship here and now. This sutta is being cast by Woodward and Bhk. Bodhi as a sort of rebuke or taking down of Anuruddha where here it is being taken as his seeing and pointing out what is being overlooked: the subtle form which these 'fetters' are taking in Anuruddha. Neither Woodward nor Bhk. Bodhi associate this with the saŋyojanas.
Woodward: conceit, arrogance, worrying; Bhk. Bodhi: conceit, restlessness, remorse. Note that 'conceit' is the term often used to describe the idea 'I am'. This is what is being missed by Anuruddha to this point, that his attachment to his skills are his manifestation of self.

[4] Amanasikaritvā not study in mind, in this method the effort being to trace to their origin [yoniso-] the source of problems. The understanding here being that Anuruddha is speaking of this to Sariputta in an effort to uncover the error in his method that is causing him his lack of success. Sariputta is instructing him that he is looking in the wrong places.

 


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