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Saɱyutta Nikāya
IV. Saḷāyatana Vagga
40. Moggalāna Saɱyutta

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
IV. Kindred Sayings on the 'Six-fold Sphere'
Chapter 40: Kindred Sayings about Moggallāna

Sutta 6

Viññānañcāyatana Suttaṃ

The Realm of Endless Consciousness

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time Old Man Moggallāna The Great,
Sāvatthī-town revisiting,
Jeta Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

There then Old Man Moggallāna The Great addressed the beggars:

"Beggars, my friends!"

"Friend! the beggars responded to Moggallāna.

Old Man Moggallāna The Great said to them:

"Here, friends, as I had retreated into solitude
there arose in my heart
this train of thought:

'"The Realm of Endless Consciousness!
The Realm of Endless Consciousness!"
so they say.

Now what then is The Realm of Endless Consciousness?'

So then it recurred to me, friends:

'"Here a beggar,
passing uniformly beyond The Realm of Endless Space
thinking 'Endless Consciousness!"
abides getting a grip
on The Realm of Endless Consciousness."

This is what they call The Realm of Endless Consciousness.'

Then I, friends,
passing uniformly beyond The Realm of Endless Space
thinking 'Endless Consciousness!"
abided getting a grip
on The Realm of Endless Consciousness.

But then, friends,
as I abided in this abiding,
there arose and came about me
attention of mind to
perceptions connected to The Realm of Endless Space.

There then, friends,
The Lucky man, through his magisty,
approached me and said:

"Moggallāna!

Moggallāna!

Do not, brahmin,
be careless with The Realm of Endless Consciousness!

Set your heart on The Realm of Endless Consciousness!

Make one with your heart The Realm of Endless Consciousness.

Steady your heart in The Realm of Endless Consciousness!"

So then I, friends,
passing uniformly beyond The Realm of Endless Space
thinking 'Endless Consciousness!"
abided getting a grip
on The Realm of Endless Consciousness.

He who would, speaking highly of one, friends, say:

"The Master brought the student to attainment of great higher knowledge,"

would, speaking highly of me, say:

"The Master brought the student to attainment of great higher knowledge."


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