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Sa.myutta Nikaaya
IV. Sa.laayatana Vagga
40. Moggallaana Sa.myutta

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
IV. Kindred Sayings on the 'Six-fold Sphere'
Chapter 40: Kindred Sayings about Moggallaana

Sutta 1

Savitakka Sutta.m

Together with Thought Directed

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

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[1][olds] THUS have I heard:

ONCE the venerable Moggallaana[1] the Great was staying near Saavatthii,
at Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

Then the venerable Moggallaana the Great
addressed the brethren, saving:

'Brethren.'

'Yes, brother,' replied those brethren
to the venerable Moggallaana the Great.

'Friends, when I was meditating alone here,
this consideration arose in me:[2]

"They speak of the first trance,
the first trance!

Now what is the first trance?

Then I thought:

"Herein when a brother,
aloof from sensuality,
aloof from evil states,
attains the first trance
which is accompanied by thought directed and sustained,[3]
which is born of solitude,
full of zest,
and ease,
and abides therein,
this is called 'the first trance.'"

Now, friends, aloof from sensuality,
aloof from evil states,
I entered on the first trance
which is accompanied by thought directed and sustained,
which is born of solitude,
full of zest,
and ease,
and abode therein.

But, friends, when I had remained in this condition
(and had emerged from trance),
perception and work of mind
connected with sensuality
still continued.'[4]

Thereupon, friends, the Exalted One
by magic power[5]
came [179] to me and said:

"Moggallaana,
Moggallaana,
be not remiss[6]
in tbe first trance, brahmm!

Make steadfast thy mind
in the first trance.

In the first trance
make the mind one-pointed.[7]

In the first trance
compose the mind."

So after that, friends,
aloof from sensuality,
aloof from evil states,
I entered on the first trance
which is accompanied by thought directed and sustained,
which is born of solitude,
full of zest,
and ease,
and abodeand abode therein.

Now, friends, if anyone would say rightly:

"Helped by the Master
the disciple won great super-knowledge,"

he would say of me:

"Helped by the Master
did the disciple win great super-knowledge."'

 


[1] Spelt throughout in text with one l, hut undoubtedly should be spelt as here.

[2] Cf. K.S. ii, 184.

[3] Sa-vitakka, a property of the first trance.

[4] Kaama-sahagataa. 'Pa~nca-niivara.na-sahagataa. i.e the five hindrances of sensual life induced lim to give up his efforts (haana-bhaaqiyaa Comy., which adds the words I have bracketed in the text trsns.

[5] Iddhiyaa.

[6] Maa pamaado, hero aorist of pamajjati, Cf. S ii, 273.

[7] Ekodi-karohi.


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