II. Nidāna Vagga
II. Dutiya Vagga
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
II. The Book Called the Nidāna-Vagga
Containing Kindred sayings on Cause
and Other Subjects
14. The Kindred Sayings on Element
Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
The Exalted One was once staying in Ñātika at the Brick Hall.
There he addressed the brethren:
"Even so, lord," they responded.
The Exalted One said this:-
"Because of [an] element, brethren,
arises a notion,
arises an opinion,
When he had said thus,
the venerable believer Kaccāyana
said to the Exalted One:-
"The opinion, lord,
that of those who are not supremely enlightened
[some one is] supremely enlightened -
what causes this opinion to manifest itself?"
"Mighty is that element, Kaccayana,
the element of ignorance.
Low, I tell you, Kaccayana,
is the element through which low notions,
a low person,
low speech arises,
low is what he declares,
what he teaches,
what he reveals,
and low is the rebirth of him.
Average I tell you, Kaccayana,
is the element through which average notions,
average average persons,
average speech arises,
moderately good is what he declares,
and moderately good is the rebirth of him.
 Excellent, I tell you, Kaccayana,
is the element through which excellent notions,
excellent speech arises,
excellent is what he declares,
and excellent is the rebirth of him."
 Average, moderately good = both majjhima, lit. middling.