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Saŋyutta Nikāya,
V: MahāVagga
46. Bojjhanga Saŋyutta
VII. Ānāpāna-Vaggo

Kindred Sayings on the Limbs of Wisdom
V. The Great Chapter
46. Kindred Sayings on the Limbs of Wisdom
VII. In-Breathing and Out-Breathing

Sutta 59

Vinīḷaka Suttaɱ

Discoloured

Translated by F. L. Woodward

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I. Great the Fruit and Great the Profit

[1] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, the idea of the discoloured[1] corpse,
if cultivated and made much of,
is of great fruit and great profit.

And how cultivated and made much of
is the idea of the discoloured corpse
of great fruit and great profit?

Herein a monk cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is mindfulness,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is investigation of the Norm,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is energy,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is zest,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is tranquillity,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is concentration,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is equanimity,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivated, monks,
thus made much of,
the idea of the discoloured corpse
is of great fruit and great profit."

II. Realization or No Return

Monks, from the cultivation and making much of the idea of the discoloured corpse,
of two fruits
one may be looked for
even in this very life,
to wit:
realization,
or, if there be any substrate left,
the state of non-return.

How should it be cultivated, monks,
how should it be made much of
that of two fruits
one may be looked for
even in this very life,
to wit:
realization,
or, if there be any substrate left,
the state of non-return?

Herein a monk cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is mindfulness,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is investigation of the Norm,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is energy,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is zest,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is tranquillity,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is concentration,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is equanimity,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

If the idea of the discoloured corpse
be thus cultivated,
thus made much of,
one may look for one of two fruits
even in this very life,
to wit:
realization,
or, if there be any substrate left,
at any rate the state of non-return.

III. Great Benefit

Monks, the idea of the discoloured corpse,
if cultivated and made much of,
conduces to great benefit.

From the cultivation and making much of
the idea of the discoloured corpse,
of two fruits
one may be looked for
even in this very life,
to wit:
realization,
or, if there be any substrate left,
the state of non-return.

How should the idea of the discoloured corpse,
be cultivated, monks,
how should it be made much of
that of two fruits
one may be looked for
even in this very life,
to wit:
realization,
or, if there be any substrate left,
the state of non-return?

Herein a monk cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is mindfulness,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is investigation of the Norm,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is energy,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is zest,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is tranquillity,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is concentration,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is equanimity,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

If the idea of the discoloured corpse
be thus cultivated,
thus made much of,
one may look for one of two fruits
even in this very life,
to wit:
realization,
or, if there be any substrate left,
at any rate the state of non-return.

IV. Great Peace from Bondage

"Monks, the idea of the discoloured corpse,
if cultivated and made much of,
conduces to great peace from bondage.

And how cultivated and made much of
does the idea of the discoloured corpse
conduce to great peace from bondage?

Herein a monk cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is mindfulness,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is investigation of the Norm,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is energy,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is zest,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is tranquillity,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is concentration,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is equanimity,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivated, monks,
thus made much of,
the idea of the discoloured corpse
conduces to great peace from bondage."

V. A Great Thrill

Monks, the idea of the discoloured corpse,
if cultivated and made much of,
conduces to a great thrill.

And how cultivated and made much of
does the idea of the discoloured corpse
conduce to a great thrill?

Herein a monk cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is mindfulness,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is investigation of the Norm,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is energy,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is zest,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is tranquillity,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is concentration,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is equanimity,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivated, monks,
thus made much of,
the idea of the discoloured corpse
conduces to a great thrill."

VI. Great Pleasantness of Living

Monks, the idea of the discoloured corpse,
if cultivated and made much of,
conduces to great pleasantness of living.

And how cultivated and made much of
does the idea of the discoloured corpse
conduce to great pleasantness of living?

Herein a monk cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is mindfulness,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is investigation of the Norm,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is energy,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is zest,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is tranquillity,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is concentration,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the limb of wisdom
that is equanimity,
accompanied by the idea of the discoloured corpse,
which is based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivated, monks,
thus made much of,
the idea of the discoloured corpse
conduces great pleasantness of living."

 


[1] Vinīḷaka, 'turned bluish.'


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