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Saɱyutta Nikāya
II. Nidāna Vagga
21. Bhikkhu Saɱyutta

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
II. The Book Called the Nidāna-Vagga
Containing Kindred sayings on Cause
and Other Subjects
21. Kindred Sayings about Brethren

Sutta 1

Kolita [Moggallāna] Suttaɱ


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

Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
Public Domain


[273] [184]

[1][than][olds][bodh] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Sāvatthi at the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

[2][than][olds] There the venerable Mahā-Moggallāna addressed the brethren: —

"Friends, brethren!"

"Yes, friend," responded the brethren.

[3][than][olds] The venerable Mahā-Moggallāna said this: —

"To me, friends, as I was meditating in seclusion,
there arose a consideration
of that which we call Ariyan silence.

'Ariyan silence' — what may that be?

[4][than][olds] And methought:

'When a brother
from the suppression of applying and sustaining his thinking
enters into
and abides in Second Jhāna,
a state of inward mental calm,
with no applying or sustaining of thought,
which is born of concentration,
full of zest and ease,
then this is what we call Ariyan silence.'

[5][than][olds] Now I, friends, entered into
and remained in Second Jhāna.

But when I had remained therein,[2]
perceptions and work of mind
in applying thought
still went on.

[6][than][olds] Then, friends, the Exalted One came to me
by the power of his will and said:

'Moggallāna, Moggallāna!

Be not careless, brahmin,[3]
as to the Ariyan silence.

Establish thy mind therein.

Lift up thy heart therein.

Plant thy thought[4] therein.'

[7][than][olds] Thereafter, friends,
I entered into and remained in Second Jhāna.

Verily, friends,
if anyone were to say righty of anyone:

'Furthered by the Master
the disciple attained
to great super-knowledge,'

it is of me that he would say it."[5]


[1] The personal name of Great Moggallāna. See Pss. of the Brethren, p.341.

[2] And had emerged therefrom. Comy.

[3] He was of the brahmin class

[4] Mind, heart, thought, all = cittaɱ. These admonitions are, in Chapter XL., repeated for each jhāna.

[5] According to the Comy. the Buddha developed Moggallāna's concentration in this manner for a week, whereby Moggallāna attained all six super-knowledges.

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