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Saŋyutta Nikāya,
V: MahāVagga
54 Ānāpāna Saŋyutta

The Aspiration Collection

Sutta 20

Destruction of the Corruptions

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

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

Once upon a time Bhagava, Savatthi-town revisiting.

There then Bhagava said this:

2. Recollecting-aspiration-serenity, beggars,
developed and made much of,
evolves into the letting go of the self-yokes to rebirth.
Evolves into encompassing knowledge of the stretch.
Evolves into destruction of the corruptions.[1]

3. And how developed, beggars, does recollecting-aspiration-serenity,
when made much of,
evolve into the ultimate eradication of the Self-remnants?

Here beggars, 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 expires deeply, he knows:
'I am expiring deeply.'

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

11. This is how, beggars, recollecting-aspiration-serenity,
when developed and made much of,
evolves into the letting go of the self-yokes to rebirth.
Evolves into encompassing knowledge of the stretch.
Evolves into destruction of the corruptions.

 


[1] Āsavānaṃ khayāya. Kāmāsava bhavasava avijjāsava and sometimes also diṭṭhāsava Lust (or desire), living or becoming, blindness, and theories or opinions or points of view. See Glossology: Asava. Knowledge of the destruction of the asavas is always the last step before achieving arahantship. Knowledge of having destroyed the asavas is one of the three 'visions' of the Arahant. The other two are the ability to see past lives and the ability to know the outcome of a deed.


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