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Saɱyutta Nikāya,
V: Mahā-Vagga
47. Satipaṭṭhana Saɱyutta
4. Anussuta-Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
The Great Chapter,
47: Kindred Sayings on the Stations of Mindfulness
Chapter IV: Unheard Before

Sutta 33

Viraddha Suttaɱ

Neglected[1]

Translated by F. L. Woodward

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[1][bodh] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī,
at Jeta Grove,
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

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

The Exalted One said:

"By whomsoever, monks, the four stations of mindfulness are neglected,
by them also is neglected
the Ariyan way for the utter destruction of ill.

By whomsoever, monks, the four stations of mindfulness are undertaken,
by them also is undertaken
the Ariyan way for the utter destruction of ill.

What are the four?

Herein a monk abides in body contemplating body
(as transient),
ardent,
composed
and mindful,
having restrained the dejection in the world
arising from coveting.

He dwells as regards feelings contemplating feelings
(as transient),
ardent,
composed
and mindful,
having restrained the dejection in the world
arising from coveting.

He dwells as regards mind contemplating mind
(as transient),
ardent,
composed
and mindful,
having restrained the dejection in the world
arising from coveting.

He dwells as regards mind-states contemplating mind-states
(as transient),
ardent,
composed
and mindful,
having restrained the dejection in the world
arising from coveting.

"These four stations of mindfulness, monks,
if cultivated
and made much of,
conduce to downright revulsion,
to dispassion,
to cessation,
to calm,
to full comprehension,
to perfect wisdom,
to Nibbāna.

"By whomsoever, monks, the four stations of mindfulness are neglected,
by them also is neglected
the Ariyan way for the utter destruction of ill.

By whomsoever, monks, the four stations of mindfulness are undertaken,
by them also is undertaken
the Ariyan way for the utter destruction of ill.

 


[1] Cf. supra, text 23, viraddha as opposite to āraddha.


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