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Saŋyutta Nikāya,
V: MahāVagga
54 Ānāpāna Saŋyutta

The Aspiration Collection

1. Ekadhammavaggo

Book 1: One Thing

Sutta 10

Kimbila

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts][wp] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time Bhagava, Kimbila-district, Bamboo Grove came-a revisiting.

There Bhagava said this to the Agéd One, Kimbila:
How developed, Kimbila, is recollecting aspiration-highgetting, how made a big thing of, having great fruit, great benefit?

Thus spoken to, the Agéd One, Kimbila remained silent.

Then a second time The Lucky Man said this to the Agéd One, Kimbila:
How developed, Kimbila, is recollecting aspiration-highgetting, how made a big thing of, having great fruit, great benefit?

And a second time the Agéd One, Kimbila remained silent.

Then a third time The Lucky Man said this to the Agéd One, Kimbila:
How developed, Kimbila, is recollecting aspiration-highgetting, how made a big thing of, having great fruit, great benefit?

And a third time the Agéd One, Kimbila remained silent.

Thus, this having been said, the Agéd One, Ananda, said this to The Lucky Man:

"This is the time, Bhagava!
This is the time, Welcome One, for the Bhagava to relate the recollecting aspiration-highgetting. The Beggars will remember what is heard from the Bhagava."

In that case, Ananda, listen up, pay attention, I will speak!

Even so, Bhante! replied the Agéd One, Ananda to Bhagava.

Bhagava said this:

And how 'developed', Ananda, is recollecting aspiration?
How 'made much of', suchas makes for great fruit, great benefit?

Here Ānanda, a beggar having gotten himself off to the forest or to the root of some tree, or to some empty hut, and having taken up his seat there sitting down, setting the body upright, legs bent-across-lapwise, recollecting he attends to the face, just so he recollects inspiration, just so he recollects expiration.

If he inspires deeply, he knows:
'I am inspiring deeply.'
If he breaths out deeply, he knows:
'I am expiring deeply.'

If he inspires shallowly, he knows:
'I am inspiring shallowly.'
If he exspires shallowly, he knows:
'I am expiring shallowly.'

'Reflecting on the totality of bodily experience,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'Reflecting on the totality of bodily experience,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

'Pacifying own-body-making,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'Pacifying own-body-making,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

'Reflecting on enthusiasm,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'Reflecting on enthusiasm,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

'Observing pleasure,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'Observing pleasure,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

'Reflecting on the own-making of the heart,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'Reflecting on the own-making of the heart,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

'Pacifying the own-making of the heart,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'Pacifying the own-making of the heart,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

'Reflecting on the heart,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'Reflecting on the heart,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

'Abundantly content in heart,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'Abundantly content in heart,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

'Composing the heart,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'Composing the heart,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

'Liberating the heart,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'Liberating the heart,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

'On the look-out for inconsistancy,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'On the look-out for inconsistancy,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

'On the look-out for the end of lust,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'On the look-out for the end of lust,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

'On the look-out for ending,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'On the look-out for ending,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

'On the look-out for opportunities to let go,
I will inspire,'
this is the way he trains.
'On the look-out for opportunities to let go,
I will expire,'
this is the way he trains.

Suchwise 'developed', Ananda, suchwise 'made much of' recollecting aspiration high-getting makes for great fruit, great benefit.

 

§

 

At such a time, Ananda, as a beggar, inspiring deeply, knows: 'I am inspiring deeply',
expiring deeply, knows: 'I am expiring deeply',
inspiring shallowly, knows: 'I am expiring shallowly',
expiring shallowly, knows: 'I am expiring shallowly';
when he trains thus: 'Reflecting on the totality of bodily experience, I am breathing in',
when he trains thus: 'Reflecting on the totality of bodily experience, I am breathing out',
when he trains thus: 'Pacifying the own body, I am breathing in',
when he trains thus: 'Pacifying the own body, I am breathing out';
at such a time, Ananda, a bhikkhu is living in a body overseeing the body, ardent, clearly conscious, remembering, having removed worldly ambitions and disappointments.

How come?

Here, Ananda, I say breathing in and breathing out is another way to classify 'body'.
Therefore, Ananda, at such a time a bhikkhu is living in a body overseeing the body, ardent, clearly conscious, remembering, having removed worldly ambitions and disappointments.

 

§

 

At such a time, Ananda, as a beggar trains thus: 'Reflecting on enthusiasm, I am breathing in,
when he trains thus: 'Reflecting on enthusiasm, I am breathing out',
when he trains thus: 'Observing pleasure, I am breathing in',
when he trains thus: 'Observing pleasure, I am breathing out',
[324] when he trains thus: 'Reflecting on the own-making of the heart, I am breathing in',
when he trains thus: 'Reflecting on the own-making of the heart, I am breathing out',
when he trains thus: 'Pacifying the own-making of the heart, I am breathing in',
when he trains thus: 'Pacifying the own-making of the heart, I am breathing out',
at such a time, Ananda, a bhikkhu is living in sense experience overseeing sense experience, ardent, clearly conscious, remembering, having removed worldly ambitions and disappointments.

How come?

Here, Ananda, I say breathing in and breathing out is another way to classify 'sense experience'.
Therefore, Ananda, at such a time a bhikkhu is living in sense experience overseeing sense experience, ardent, clearly conscious, remembering, having removed worldly ambitions and disappointments.

 

§

 

At such a time, Ananda, as a beggar trains thus: 'Reflecting on the heart, I am breathing in,
when he trains thus: 'Reflecting on the heart, I am breathing out',
when he trains thus: 'Abundantly content in heart, I am breathing in',
when he trains thus: 'Abundantly content in heart, I am breathing out',
when he trains thus: 'Composing the heart, I am breathing in',
when he trains thus: 'Composing the heart, I am breathing out',
when he trains thus: 'Liberating the heart, I am breathing in',
when he trains thus: 'Liberating the heart, I am breathing out',
at such a time, Ananda, a bhikkhu is living in mental states overseeing mental states, ardent, clearly conscious, remembering, having removed worldly ambitions and disappointments.

How come?

Here, Ananda, I say breathing in and breathing out is another way to classify 'mental states'.
Therefore, Ananda, at such a time a bhikkhu is living in mental states overseeing mental states, ardent, clearly conscious, remembering, having removed worldly ambitions and disappointments.

 

§

 

At such a time, Ananda, as a beggar trains thus: 'On the look-out for inconsistancy, I am breathing in,
when he trains thus: 'On the look-out for inconsistancy, I am breathing out',
when he trains thus: 'On the look-out for the end of lust, I am breathing in',
when he trains thus: 'On the look-out for the end of lust, I am breathing out',
when he trains thus: 'On the look-out for ending, I am breathing in',
when he trains thus: 'On the look-out for ending, I am breathing out',
when he trains thus: 'On the look-out for opportunities to let go, I am breathing in',
when he trains thus: 'On the look-out for opportunities to let go, I am breathing out',
at such a time, Ananda, a bhikkhu is living in the Dhamma overseeing dhamma, ardent, clearly conscious, remembering, having removed worldly ambitions and disappointments.

How come?

Here, Ananda, I say breathing in and breathing out is another way to classify 'dhamma'.
Therefore, Ananda, at such a time a bhikkhu is living in the Dhamma overseeing dhamma, ardent, clearly conscious, remembering, having removed worldly ambitions and disappointments.

 

§

 

[325]In the same way, Ananda, as if at a Crossroads there were a great pile of dirt and if, appearing from the Eastern direction, there comes a cart — it would scatter that dirtpile.
If, appearing from the Western direction, there comes a cart — it would scatter that dirtpile.
If, appearing from the Northern direction, there comes a cart — it would scatter that dirtpile.
If, appearing from the Southern direction, there comes a cart — it would scatter that dirtpile.
Even so, Ananda, a bhikkhu living in a body overseeing the body scatters bad unskillful things.
Living in sense experience overseeing sense experience he scatters bad unskillful things.
Living in mental states overseeing mental states he scatters bad unskillful things
Living in the Dhamma overseeing dhamma he scatters bad unskillful things.

 


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