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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
I. Ekanipāta

The Book of the
Gradual Sayings
or
More-Numbered Suttas

Part I
The Book of the Ones

Suttas 394-494

Translated from the Pali by
F.L. Woodward, M.A.

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Chapter XX. [continued]
On Musing

 


[34]

[394][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk should practise the first musing,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;[161]
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much of the first musing?

[395][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk should practise the second musing,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much of the second musing?

[396][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk should practise the third musing,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much of the third musing?

[397][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk should practise the fourth musing,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much of the fourth musing?

[398][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk should practise the good-will
which is the heart's release,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much of
the good-will which is the heart's release.

[399][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk should practise the compassion
which is the heart's release,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much of
the compassion which is the heart's release.

[39] [400][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk should practise the selfless love[162]
which is the heart's release,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much of
the selfless love which is the heart's release.

[401][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk should practise [35] the equanimity
which is the heart's release,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much of
the equanimity which is the heart's release.

[402][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk should dwell in body contemplating body,[163]
ardent, mindful, composed,
restraining the dejection in the world
which arises from coveting,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?[ed1]

[403][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk should dwell in feelings contemplating feelings,
ardent, mindful, composed,
restraining the dejection in the world
which arises from coveting,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[404][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk should dwell in mind contemplating mind,
ardent, mindful, composed,
restraining the dejection in the world
which arises from coveting,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[405][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk should dwell in mind-states contemplating mind-states,
ardent, mindful, composed,
restraining the dejection in the world
which arises from coveting,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[406][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk generates desire,[164]
makes an effort,
begins to strive,
applies and strains his mind
to prevent the arising
of evil, unprofitable states not yet arisen,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[407][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk, as to evil, unprofitable states that have arisen,
generates desire,
makes an effort,
begins to strive,
applies and strains his mind
to destroy them,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[408][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk, as to profitable states not yet arisen,
generates desire,
makes an effort,
begins to strive,
applies and strains his mind
for their arising,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[409][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk, as to profitable states that have arisen,
generates desire,
makes an effort,
begins to strive,
applies and strains his mind
for their continuance,
for their ordering,
for their betterment,
increase, culture and fulfilment,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[410][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the basis of psychic power[165]
of which the features are desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration and struggle,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[411][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the basis of psychic power
of which the features are energy;
together with the co-factors
of concentration and struggle,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[412][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the basis of psychic power
of which the features are thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration and struggle,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[413][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the basis of psychic power
of which the features are investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration and struggle,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[414][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the faculty of faith[166],
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[415][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the faculty of energy,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[416][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the faculty of mindfulness,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[417][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the faculty of concentration,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[418][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the faculty of insight,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[419][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the power of faith,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[420][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the power of energy,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[421][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the power of mindfulness,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[422][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the power of concentration,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[423][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the power of insight,
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[424][olds] [36] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the limb of wisdom
that is mindfulness[167]
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[425][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the limb of wisdom
that is investigation of Dhamma
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[426][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the limb of wisdom
that is energy
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[427][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the limb of wisdom
that is zest
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[428][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the limb of wisdom
that is tranquillity
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[429][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the limb of wisdom
that is concentration
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[430][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate the limb of wisdom
that is equanimity
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[431][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate right view[168]
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[432][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate right aim
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[433][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate right speech
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[434][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate right action
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[435][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate right living
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[436][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate right effort
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[437][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate right mindfulness
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[438][olds] Monks, if even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk cultivate right concentration
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[439][olds] Monks, if[169] even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk (to attain the form-world,
he cultivates the path thereto and)
conscious[170] of material quality
in his own person,
he sees objects external to himself
to be limited and fair or foul,
and, having mastered them with the thought:
I know: I see,
is thus conscious
(of knowing and seeing,
and so enters the musings)
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[440][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk (to attain the form-world,
he cultivates the path thereto and)
conscious of material quality in his own person,
he sees objects external to himself
to be boundless[171]
and fair or foul,
and, having masteed them with the thought:
I know: I see,
is thus conscious
(of knowing and seeing,
and so enters the musings)
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[441][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk (to attain the form-world,
he cultivates the path thereto and)
unconscious of material quality in his own person,
he sees objects external to himself
to be limited and fair or foul,
and, having mastered them with the thought:
I know: I see,
is thus conscious
(of knowing and seeing,
and so enters the musings)
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[442][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk (to attain the form-world,
he cultivates the path thereto and)
unnconscious of material quality in his own person,
he sees objects external to himself
to be boundless
and fair or [37] foul,
and, having mastered them with the thought:
I know: I see,
is thus conscious
(of knowing and seeing,
and so enters the musings)
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[443][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk (to attain the form-world,
he cultivates the path thereto and)
unconscious of material qnality in his own person,
he sees objects external to himself
to be blue-green,[172]
bluegreen in colour,
blue-green to look at (as a whole),
blue-green as a shimmering (mass),
and, having mastered them with the thought:
I know: I see,
is thus conscious
(of knowing and seeing,
and so enters the musings)
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[444][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk (to attain the form-world,
he cultivates the path thereto and)
unconscious of material quality in his own person,
he sees objects external to himself
to be yellow,
yellow in colour,
yellow to look at (as a whole),
yellow as a shimmering (mass),
and, having mastered them with the thought:
I know: I see,
is thus conscious
(of knowing and seeing,
and so enters the musings)
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[445][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk (to attain the form-world,
he cultivates the path thereto and)
unconscious of material quality in his own person,
he sees objects external to himself
to be red,
red in colour,
red to look at (as a whole),
red as a shimmering (mass),
and, having mastered them with the thought:
I know: I see,
is thus conscious
(of knowing and seeing,
and so enters the musings)
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[446][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk (to attain the form-world,
he cultivates the path thereto and)
unconscious of material quality in his own person,
he sees objects external to himself
to be white,
white in colour,
white to look at (as a whole),
white as a shimmering (mass),
and, having mastered them with the thought:
I know: I see,
is thus conscious
(of knowing and seeing,
and so enters the musings)
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[447][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk (that he may attain to the form-world,
he cultivates the path thereto and)
having material qualities,
he beholds material forms[173]
whether fair or foul
and, having mastered them with the thought:
I know: I see,
is thus conscious
(of knowing and seeing,
and so enters the musings[ed2])
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[448][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk, unconscious of material quality
in his own person,
he sees objects external to himself
whether fair or foul
and, having mastered them with the thought:
I know: I see,
is thus conscious
(of knowing and seeing,
and so enters the musings)
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[449][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk, unconscious of material quality
in his own person,
he sees objects external to himself
whether fair or foul
and, having mastered them with the thought:
How fair![174]
he gains release
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[450][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk, passing utterly beyond[175]
consciousness of material qualities,
by the destruction of consciousness of reaction,
by disregarding consciousness of diversity,
thinking:
Infinite is space,
he attains and abides in
the sphere of infinite space
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[451][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk, passing utterly beyond
the sphere of infinite space,
thinking:
Infinite is consciousnes,
he attains and abides in
the sphere of infinite consciousness
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[452][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk, passing utterly beyond
the sphere of infinite consciousness,
thinking:
There is nothing at all,
he attains and abides in
the sphere of nothingness
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[453][olds] [38] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk, passing utterly beyond
the sphere of nothingness,
thinking:
There is neither consciousness nor unconsciousness,
he attains and abides in
the sphere where consciousness and unconsciousness are not
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[454][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk, passing utterly beyond
the sphere of neither-consciousness-nor-unconsciousness,
he attains and abides in
the sphere where both consciousness and sensation cease
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[455][olds] (Ī 63) Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise the earth-device
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[456][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise the water-device
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[457][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise the fire-device
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[458][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise the air-device
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[459][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise the blue-green-device
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[460][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise the yellow-device
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[461][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise the red-device
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[462][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise the white-device
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[463][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise the space-device
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[464][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise the intellection-device[176]
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[465][olds](Ī 73) Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of the foul
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[466][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of death
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[467][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of the repulsiveness of food
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[468][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of non-delight in all the world
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[469][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of impermanence
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[470][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of the Ill in impermanence
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[471][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of the non-existence of the self in impermanence
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[472][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of abandoning
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[473][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of revulsion
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[474][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of ending
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[475][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of impermanence[ed3]
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[476][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of not-self[ed4]
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[477][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of death[ed5]
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[478][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of repulsiveness in food[ed6]
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[479][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of non-delight in all the world[ed7]
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[480][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of the skeleton[177]
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[481][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of the worm-eaten corpse
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[482][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of the discoloured corpse
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[483][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of the dismembered corpse
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[484][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise consciousness of of the bloated corpse[178]
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[485][olds] (Ī 93) Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise recollection of the Buddha
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[486][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise recollection of the Dhamma
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[487][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise recollection of the Order
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[488][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise recollection of morality
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[489][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise recollection of self-surrender
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[490][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise recollection of the devas
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[491][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise recollection of in-breathing and out-breathing
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[492][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise recollection of death
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[493][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise recollection of recollection of the body
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

[494][olds] Monks, if, even for the lasting of a finger-snap
a monk practise recollection of tranquillity
such an one may be called a monk.
Not empty of result is his musing;
he abides doing the Master's bidding;
he is one who takes advice,
and he eats the country's alms-food
to some purpose.
What could I not say
of one who makes much
of such a thing?

 


[161] Cf. I. n5 (text, p. 10) aritta-jjhāno. I have abandoned the word trance.'

[162] These three aspects of mettā, karuṇā, muditā (active, preventive and disinterested love), with the fourth quality, are meditated on in the brahma-vihāras (best way of life) and break up the hardness of the heart.

[163] The following processes are described in the Way-section, S. v, 9 ff.

[164] The Four Best Efforts (padhānā).

[165] The Bases of Psychic Power (iddhipādā). Cf. S. v, 263 ff.

[166] On these Faculties and the Powers see S. v, 197 ff.

[167] For these Seven Limbs of Wisdom see S. v, 63 ff. (Bojjhangā).

[168] For the Eightfold Way see S. v, 1 ff. The editors of this sutta seem to have been determined to insert all that has been said on the subject.

[169] This sectiun is to be found at Dhammasangani, Ī 223; Pts. ii, 38 ff., for the former of which see Mrs. Rhys Davids's trans. in Buddh. Psych. Ethics, p. 61 ff., and its Commentary (Atthasaā'iṇī 188) trans. in Expositor, 252 ff. They are the Eight Stations of Mastery (Abhibhāyatana = abhibhū + āyatana, as here in our text). They are referred to at K.S. iv, 45, where six are mentioned. To elucidate the difficulties of the compressed sentences I have translated and bracketed the parts omitted.

[170] In our text and Comy. the first two sections have rūpasaññī, whereas the other works quoted have arūpasaññī in all eight sections.

[171] Dhs., Ī 225.

[172] Nīla. Cf. Manual of a Mystic, 9 n. 7; Buddh. Psych. Eth. 62 n. (where Mrs. Rhys Davids has 'blue-black'). But it is Kipling's 'nameless blue,' now blue, now green, as water, a paddy-field, etc. Cf. Expos. i, 254.

[173] This section deals with the Deliverances. Rūpī rūpāni passati. Buddh. Psych. 64; cf. Pts. ii, 39; Asl. 191; Expos. 255.

[174] Subhan ti adhimutto. 'By the culture of mettā' (Asl.).

[175] Cf. S. v, 318: K.S. v, 282.

[176] Viññāṇa-Kasiṇa, but cf. VM. 176.

[177] Cf. S. v, 129 (K.S. v, 110).

[178] These 'foul things' (asubhā are generally ten in number. Cf. Buddh. Psych. Eth. 69.

 


[ed1] Woodward concludes the previous with the name of the thing practiced. The Pali has: bahulīkaronti: 'makes much of such'. Since Woodward abbreviates the remainder of the suttas in this collection and concludes with "make much of (all) these things?" I am fleshing out these suttas with 'makes much of such a thing.'

[ed2] Woodward has 'and so abides in the first musing' which is not indicated by the Pali which just has jānāmi.

[ed3] A duplicate of #469. PTS does not remark.

[ed4] Woodward has: 'the not-self'. An example of the trouble we can get into using abbreviations.

[ed5] A duplicate of #466. PTS notes it's #466 is not in T. or Ph.

[ed6] A duplicate of #467.

[ed7] A duplicate of #468.


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