Numerical Sayings I(6)

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Numerical Sayings - Ańguttara Nikāya  I [10-11]

The Finger-snap - Accharā-Sańghāta

- Radiant -


Radiant is this mind, Bhikkhus, yet it is soiled by alien defilements. This does the ordinary unlearned person not understand as it really is. I tell you, that is why such uneducated ordinary persons neither meditate nor develop mentally.

Luminous is that mind, Bhikkhus, when it is released from these foreign impurities. This does the learned Noble Disciple understand as it really is. I tell you, that is why that educated Noble Disciple develops mentally by meditation.

Bhikkhus, if a monk practices Universal Friendliness even during only the period of a finger-snap, then such monk may be called "A Bhikkhu who is not without focus and who is living in accordance with the Teaching. One who neither opposes the Master's advice nor eats the alms-food of the people without a purpose!". What then should be said about those, who train it much!

Bhikkhus, if a monk develops Universal Friendliness, during even only the instant of a finger-snap, then such a monk may be described as "A Bhikkhu who is not without concentration who is living in agreement with the Teaching. One who neither resists the Master's advice nor eats the alms-food of the citizens without  justification." What then should be said about those, who train it much!

[11] Bhikkhus, if a monk directs his attention towards Universal Friendliness during even only the duration of a finger-snap, then such a monk may be designated "A Bhikkhu who is not without absorption and who is living in harmony with the Teaching. One who acts upon the Masters instruction and eats the alms-food of the country with an aim." What then should be said about those, who train it much!

Whatsoever there are of detrimental states, Bhikkhus, connected with the wrong, joined with evil, all these are initiated by the mind! First does the preceding bad mental state arise, then the disadvantageous phenomena follow after...

Whatsoever there are of advantageous states, Bhikkhus, connected with the right, related with the good, all these are also initiated by the mind! First does the preceding clever mental state arise, then the advantageous phenomena follow after...

Bhikkhus, I know of no other single thing as neglect, which both makes non-arisen detrimental states emerge and also eliminates any present advantageous state. Bhikkhus, if wrong is not yet present negligence makes it begin, and it also makes what is good waste away.

Bhikkhus, I comprehend no other single state as being Alert, which both makes non-arisen advantageous states emerge and also eliminates any present detrimental state. Bhikkhus, if good is not yet present alertness makes it begin and it also makes what is wrong fade away.

Bhikkhus, I perceive no other single phenomenon as laziness, which either makes unarisen evil states appear or it eliminates whatever useful state. Bhikkhus, if bad is not yet present, laziness makes it begin and it also makes all that is valuable vanish.