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Saɱyutta Nikāya
II. Nidāna Vagga
XXI. Bhikkhu Saɱyutta

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
II. The Nidana Book
21. The Kindred Sayings about Brethren

Sutta 1

Kolita [Moggallāna] Suttaɱ


Translated by Mrs. Rhys Davids
Assisted by F. L. Woodward

Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
Public Domain


[273] [184]

[1][than][olds][bodh] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Savatthi at the Jeta Grove in Anathapindika's Park.

[2][than][olds] There the venerable Mahā-Moggallāna addressed the brethren: —

'Friends, brethren!'

'Yes, friend,' responded the brethren.

[3][than][olds] The venerable Mahā-Moggallāna said this: —

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?

[4][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.

[5][than][olds] Now I, friends, entered into and remained in Second Jhāna.

But when I had remained therein,[2] perceptions and work of mind in applying thought still went on.

[6][than][olds] Then, friends, the Exalted One came to me by the power of his will and said:

'Moggallāna, Moggallāna! Be not careless, brahmin,[3] as to the Ariyan silence. Establish thy mind therein. Lift up thy heart therein. Plant thy thought[4] therein.'

[7][than][olds] Thereafter, friends, I entered into and remained in Second Jhāna. Verily, friends, if anyone were to say righty of anyone:

'Furthered by the Master the disciple attained to great super-knowledge,'

it is of me that he would say it.[5]


[1] The personal name of Great Moggallāna. See Pss. of the Brethren, p.341.

[2] And had emerged therefrom. Comy.

[3] He was of the brahmin class

[4] Mind, heart, thought, all = cittaṃ. These admonitions are, in Chapter XL., repeated for each jhāna.

[5] According to the Comy. the Buddha developed Moggallāna's concentration in this manner for a week, whereby Moggallāna attained all six super-knowledges.

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