II. Nidāna Vagga
XXI. Bhikkhu Saɱyutta
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
II. The Nidana Book
21. The Kindred Sayings about Brethren
Kolita [Moggallāna] Suttaɱ
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The Pali Text Society
The Exalted One was once staying near Savatthi at the Jeta Grove in Anathapindika's Park.
'Yes, friend,' responded the brethren.
To me, friends, as I was meditating in seclusion, there arose a consideration of that which we call Ariyan silence.
'Ariyan silence' what may that be?
[than][olds] And methought: when a brother from the supression of applying and sustaining his thinking enters into and abides in Second Jhāna, a state of inward mental calm, uplifted, with no applying or sustaining of thought, which is born of concentration, full of zest and ease, then this is what we call Ariyan silence.
But when I had remained therein, perceptions and work of mind in applying thought still went on.
'Furthered by the Master the disciple attained to great super-knowledge,'
it is of me that he would say it.
 The personal name of Great Moggallāna. See Pss. of the Brethren, p.341.
 And had emerged therefrom. Comy.
 He was of the brahmin class
 Mind, heart, thought, all = cittaṃ. These admonitions are, in Chapter XL., repeated for each jhāna.
 According to the Comy. the Buddha developed Moggallāna's concentration in this manner for a week, whereby Moggallāna attained all six super-knowledges.