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Anguttara Nikāya
Navaka Nipāta

Sutta 14

Samiḍḍhi Suttaṃ

Samiddhi

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][ati][pts][mnl] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time, Bhagava, Savatthi-town revisiting.

There then The Ancient Samiddhi approached The Ancient Sariputto and drew near.

Having drawn near he exchanged greetings together with The Ancient Sariputto.

Having exchanged greetings and shared friendly talk he took a seat to one side.

Then, seated together there, The Ancient Sariputto said this to The Ancient Samiddhi:

What basis is there, Samiddhi,
for the coming of principled thoughts to a man?[1]

Named shape is the basis, bhante.

But then, Samiddhi,
from whence get they diversity?

Through data[2], bhante.

But then, Samiddhi,
what is their origin?

They originate with touch, bhante.

But then, Samiddhi,
what do they conjoin?

They conjoin sensation, bhante.

But then, Samiddhi,
what is at the interface?

serenity is at the interface, bhante.

But then, Samiddhi,
what rules them?

Memory rules them, bhante.

But then, Samiddhi,
what is the uttermost?

Wisdom is the uttermost, bhante.

But then, Samiddhi,
what is the essence?

Freedom is the essence, bhante.

But then, Samiddhi,
what is their culmination?

They culminate in the deathless, bhante.

 


 

'What basis is there, Samiddhi,
for the coming of principled thoughts to a man?'

It is this you were asked.

'Named shape is the basis, bhante.'
was what you said.

'But then, Samiddhi,
from whence get they diversity?'

It is this you were asked.

'Through data, bhante'
was what you said.

'But then, Samiddhi,
what is their origin?'

It is this you were asked.

'They originate with touch, bhante'
was what you said.

'But then, Samiddhi,
what do they conjoin?'

It is this you were asked.

'They conjoin sensation, bhante'
was what you said.

'But then, Samiddhi,
what is at the interface?'

It is this you were asked.

'serenity is at the interface, bhante'
was what you said.

'But then, Samiddhi,
what rules them?'

It is this you were asked.

'Memory rules them, bhante'
was what you said.

'But then, Samiddhi,
what is the uttermost?'

It is this you were asked.

'Wisdom is the uttermost, bhante'
was what you said.

'But then, Samiddhi,
what is the essence?'

It is this you were asked.

'Freedom is the essence, bhante'
was what you said.

'But then, Samiddhi,
what is their culmination?'

It is this you were asked.

'They culminate in the deathless, bhante'
was what you said.

Well done, Well done, Samiddhi!
well indeed, Samiddhi,
have you answered the questions asked!

But don't let it go to your head!

 


[1] Saŋkappavitakkā. Why 'principled-thought' and not just 'thought'?

[2] Dhātu. The basic information of perception. The data we get to work with. The six: solidity, liquidity, light/heat, motion, space and consciousness.

 


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