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Saɱyutta Nikāya
5. Mahā-Vagga
46. Bojjhanga Saɱyutta
1. Pabbata Vagga

Sayings Related to
The Dimensions of Awakening

Sutta 5

Bhikkhu Suttaɱ

The Beggar

Translated from the Pali
by
Michael M. Olds

 


 

[1][pts][bodh] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time Bhagava, Sāvatthi-town revisiting.

There then another beggar approached The Lucky Man.

Having approached, he drew near.

Having drawn near,
he exchanged greetings,
and took a seat to one side.

Seated to one side then, that beggar said to the Lucky Man:

"'Dimension of Awakening. Dimension of Awakening,' is the expression, bhante.

What then, bhante, is the scope of the expression 'Dimension of Awakening'"?

"Think then: 'A component of Awakening' beggar,
such is the meaning of the expression: 'Dimension of Awakening.'

Here, beggar, a beggar
brings to life the memory-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.

He brings to life the investigation-of-things-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.

He brings to life the energy-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.

He brings to life the enthusiasm-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.

He brings to life the impassivity-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.

He brings to life the serenity-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.

He brings to life the detachment-dimension of awakening
seated in solitude,
seated in dispassion,
seated in ending,
culminating in giving up.

Thus having brought to life these seven dimensions of awakening
the heart is freed from the corrupting influence of sense-desire
the heart is freed from the corrupting influence of existence,
the heart is freed from the corrupting influence of blindness.

In freedom, having the knowledge: 'I am free,'
he understands:

'Left behind is birth,
lived is the Brahma mode,
duty's doing's done
there is no it'n-n-at'n to follow.'

"Think then: 'A component of Awakening' beggar,
such is the meaning of the expression: 'Dimension of Awakening.'


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