II. Nidāna Vagga
II. Dutiya Vagga
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
II. The Book Called the Nidāna-Vagga
Containing Kindred sayings on Cause
and Other Subjects
14. The Kindred Sayings on Element
Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthi
at the Jeta's Grove, in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.
Then the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:
"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:
"There are these seven elements, brethren — which seven?
the space-infinity-  element,
the neither perception-nor-non-perception-sphere-element,
— these are the seven.
When he had so said, a certain brother said this to him: —
'Because of what, lord, are these seven elements revealed?'
That radiance-element, brother, is revealed through darkness.
That beauty-element is revealed through ugliness.
That space-infinity-element is revealed through visible object.
That consciousness-infinity-element is revealed through space-infinity-element.
And similarly each of the remaining three is revealed through the element named previously.
And how, lord, can there be attainment
of each of these seven elements?
The radiance, beauty, space-infinity, consciousness-infinity-sphere and nothingness-sphere-elements are to be won by attainment in perception.
The neither-perception-nor-non-perception-sphere-element is to be won by attainment in the remaning activities of mind.
The perception and feeling cessation-element is to be won by attainment of cessation.