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Anguttara Nikñya
Satta Nipñta
5. Mahāyaññavaggo

Sutta 41

Satta Viññānaññhiti Suttaṃ

The Seven Stations for Consciousness

Translated from the Pali
by Sister Upalavanna

 


 

[1][pts][olds]

Bhikkhus, these seven are the stations of consciousness.

What seven?

Bhikkhus, there are beings with various bodies and various perceptions for example human beings, sometimes like gods and sometimes like hellish beings.

This is the first station of consciousness.

Bhikkhus, there are beings with various bodies and a single perception for example newly born gods in the world of Brahma.

This is the second station of consciousness.

Bhikkhus, there are beings with a single body and various perceptions for example the radiant gods.

This is the third station of consciousness.

Bhikkhus, there are beings with a single body and a single perception for example gods surrounded with pleasantness only.

This is the fourth station of consciousness.

Bhikkhus, there are beings who overcoming all perceptions of matter and all perceptions of aversion and not attending to various perceptions, with space is boundless attain to the sphere of space.

This is the fifth station of consciousness.

Bhikkhus, there are beings who overcoming all perceptions of space with consciousness is boundless attain to the sphere of consciousness.

This is the sixth station of consciousness.

Bhikkhus, there are beings who overcoming all perceptions of consciousness attain to the spshere of no-thingness.

This is the seventh station of consciousness. Bhikkhus,
these seven are the stations of consciousness.


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