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Aŋguttara Nikāya
X. Dasaka-Nipāta
XI: Samaṇa-Saññā-Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
X. The Book of the Tens
XI: Ideas of a Recluse

Sutta 108

Tikicchaka Suttaɱ

Physic

Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[153] [218]

[1][than] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, physicians administer a purge
for checking sickness arising from bile,
phlegm,
for checking sickness arising from wind.[1]

This is a purge, monks, but not a wiping out,
I declare.

Now, monks, I will teach you the Ariyan purge,
a purge which works and fails not;
a purge by which beings subject to rebirth
are released from rebirth;
whereby beings subject to decay
are released from decay;
whereby beings subject to death
are released from death;
whereby beings subject to sorrow and lamentation,
woe,
dejection
and despair,
are released from
sorrow and lamentation,
woe,
dejection
and despair.

Do ye listen to it attentively and I will speak."

"We will, sir," replied those monks to the Exalted One,
who said this:

'And of what sort, monks,
is the Ariyan purge which works and fails not;
a purge by which beings subject to rebirth
are released from rebirth;
whereby beings subject to decay
are released from decay;
whereby beings subject to death
are released from death;
whereby beings subject to sorrow and lamentation,
woe,
dejection
and despair,
are released from
sorrow and lamentation,
woe,
dejection
and despair?

For one who has right view, monks,
wrong view is purged away,
and those divers evil,
unprofitable states
which come to be because of wrong view -
those also are purged away from him;
while those divers good,
profitable states due to right view
reach fullness of culture.

For one who has right thinking, monks,
wrong thinking is purged away,
and those divers evil,
unprofitable states
which come to be because of wrong thinking -
those also are purged away from him;
while those divers good,
profitable states due to right thinking
reach fullness of culture.

For one who has right speech, monks,
wrong speech is purged away,
and those divers evil,
unprofitable states
which come to be because of wrong speech -
those also are purged away from him;
while those divers good,
profitable states due to right speech
reach fullness of culture.

For one who has right action, monks,
wrong action is purged away,
and those divers evil,
unprofitable states
which come to be because of wrong action -
those also are purged away from him;
while those divers good,
profitable states due to right action
reach fullness of culture.

For one who has right living, monks,
wrong living is purged away,
and those divers evil,
unprofitable states
which come to be because of wrong living -
those also are purged away from him;
while those divers good,
profitable states due to right living
reach fullness of culture.

For one who has right effort, monks,
wrong effort is purged away,
and those divers evil,
unprofitable states
which come to be because of wrong effort -
those also are purged away from him;
while those divers good,
profitable states due to right effort
reach fullness of culture.

For one who has right mindfulness, monks,
wrong mindfulness is purged away,
and those divers evil,
unprofitable states
which come to be because of wrong mindfulness -
those also are purged away from him;
while those divers good,
profitable states due to right mindfulness
reach fullness of culture.

For one who has right concentration, monks,
wrong concentration is purged away,
and those divers evil,
unprofitable states
which come to be because of wrong concentration -
those also are purged away from him;
while those divers good,
profitable states due to right concentration
reach fullness of culture.

For one who has right right knowledge, monks,
wrong knowledge is purged away,
and those divers evil,
unprofitable states
which come to be because of wrong knowledge -
those also are purged away from him;
while those divers good,
profitable states due to right knowledge
reach fullness of culture.

For one who has right release, monks,
wrong release is purged away,
[219]and those divers evil,
unprofitable states
which come to be because of wrong release -
[154] those also are purged away from him;
while those divers good,
profitable states due to right release
reach fullness of culture.

This indeed, monks, is the Ariyan purge,
is the Ariyan purge which works and fails not;
a purge by which beings subject to rebirth
are released from rebirth;
whereby beings subject to decay
are released from decay;
whereby beings subject to death
are released from death;
whereby beings subject to sorrow and lamentation,
woe,
dejection
and despair,
are released from
sorrow and lamentation,
woe,
dejection
and despair.'

 


[1] Cf. K.S. iv, 155 and notes; refs, to Mil.P. 134, etc.


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