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Sa.myutta Nikaaya:
IV. Sa.laayatana Vagga
36: Vedanaa Sa.myutta
II. Rahogata Vagga

The Book of the
Kindred Sayings
36: Kindred Sayings about Feeling
Book II: The Chapter on Solitude

Sutta 11

Rahogataka Sutta.m

Given to Solitude

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

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[1][bit][than][nypo][bodh] Thus have I heard:

Then a certain brother went to visit the Exalted One,
and on coming to him
saluted him
and sat down at one side.

So seated
that brother said to the Exalted One: -

"Here, lord, as I was meditating alone
this reflection arose in me:

Three feelings have been spoken of by the Exalted One:
pleasant feeling,
painful feeling
and neutral feeling:
these three.

Now the Exalted One has said:

'Whatsoever is experienced,
that is joined with ill."[1]

Pray, lord, concerning what was this saying uttered:

"Whatsoever is experienced,
that is joined with ill'?"

"Well said, brother!

Well said, brother!

These three feelings were named by me,
and I said also,

'Whatsoever is experienced,
that is joined with ill.'

Now, brother, this saying of mine
was uttered concerning
the impermanence of compounded things.

This saying of mine,

'Whatsoever is experienced,
that is joined with ill,'

[146] was uttered concerning
the perishable nature of compounded things.

This saying of mine,

'Whatsoever is experienced,
that is joined with ill,'

was uttered concerning
transient nature
of compounded things.

This saying of mine,

'Whatsoever is experienced,
that is joined with ill,'

was uttered concerning
their nature to fade away
of compounded things.

'Whatsoever is experienced,
that is joined with ill,'

was uttered concerning
their nature to cease
of compounded things.

 


 

Now, brother, I have seen,
that the ceasing of the activities is gradual.

When one has attained the first trance,
speech has ceased.

When one has attained the second trance,
thought initial and sustained has ceased.

When one has attained the third trance,
zest has ceased.

When one has attained the fourth trance,
inbreathing and outbreathing have ceased.

When one has attained the realm of infinite space,
perception of objects has ceased.

When one has attained the realm of infinite consciousness,
perception of the realm of infinite space has ceased.

When one has attained the realm of nothingness,
the perception of the realm of infinite consciousness has ceased.

When one has attained the realm of neither-perception-nor-non-perception,
the perception of the realm of nothingness has ceased.

Both perception and feeling have ceased
when one has attained the cessation of perception and feeling.

For the brother who has destroyed the asavas,
lust is extinguished,
hatred is extinguished,
illusion is extinguished.

 


 

Again, brother, I have seen
that the mastery of the activities is gradual.[2]

When one has attained the first trance,
speech is mastered.

When one has attained the second trance,
thought initial and sustained is mastered.

When one has attained the third trance,
zest is mastered.

When one has attained the fourth trance,
inbreathing and outbreathing is mastered.

When one has attained the realm of infinite space,
perception of objects is mastered.

When one has attained the realm of infinite consciousness,
perception of the realm of infinite space is mastered.

When one has attained the realm of nothingness,
the perception of the realm of infinite consciousness is mastered.

When one has attained the realm of neither-perception-nor-non-perception,
the perception of the realm of nothingness is mastered.

Both perception and feeling are mastered
when one has attained the cessation of perception and feeling.

For the brother who has destroyed the asavas,
lust is mastered,
hatred is mastered,
illusion is mastered.

 


 

There are these six calmings, brother.

When one has attained the first trance,
speech is calmed down.

When one has attained the second trance,
thought initial and sustained[3] is calmed down.

When one has attained the third trance,
zest is calmed down.

When one has attained the fourth trance,
inbreathing and outbreathing is calmed down.

In the trance where perception and feeling have ceased,[4] perception and feeling are calmed down.

For the brother who has destroyed the asavas,
lust is calmed down,
hatred is calmed down,
illusion is calmed down."

 


[1] Reading with MSS. of Comy. ta'n dukkha-sannissita'n which I follow in preference to reading of our text ta'n dukkhasmi'n Comy. expl. 'all of that is Ill.'

[2] Anupubba'n'n. For this passage see Pts. of Contr., 122.

[3] Vitakka-vicaara. Cf. Buddh. Psych. Eth., 10 n.

[4] Sa~n~naa-vedayita-nirodha'n, i.e. has attained trance in the subjective world. Comy. has cattaaro aruupaa gahitaa honti


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