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Believing in an EGO locks the Clusters of Clinging:


At Savatthi the blessed Buddha once said:
Herein, friends, the untaught ordinary people, who do not know the Nobles,
who are unskilled in the Teaching of the Nobles, who
do not know the Worthy,
who are untrained in the Worthy teachings, they regard the body as the self,
or they regard the self as having a body, or the body as being inside the self,
or they regard this hypothetical 'self' as being inside the body ...
Such belief is called one of the untaught ordinary people, one fettered by the
bonds of body, one bound to the inner and the outer, one who have not sighted
the further shore, one who have not sighted the beyond, one who is born bound,
and who dies bound. One who from this world goes to the next world ever again!

Such poor friend may also regard feeling as the self, or regard the 'self' as having
feeling, or regard feeling as being inside the self, or regard the self as being inside
feeling ... Such belief is called one of the untaught ordinary people, one fettered by
the bonds of feeling, one bound to the concepts of the internal, and the external,
one who have not sighted the further shore, one who have not sighted the beyond,
one who is born mentally bound, and who dies mentally bound, one who is reborn
forever, and ever again...



Such poor, yet worthy friend may also regard perception as the 'self', or regard
the self as having perception, or regard the perception as being inside this "self",
or regard the self as being inside perception ...  Such one is indeed known as one of
the untaught ordinary people, one fettered by the bonds to perception, one bound
to the notions of 'the inner is own' and 'the outer is other', one who have not sighted
the further shore, one who have not sighted the beyond, one who is born bound,
and who also dies tied up to, and by these clusters of clinging, repeating the round.

Such poor friend may also regard mental constructions as the self, or regard the
'self' as having, possessing, or owing mental constructions, or regard the mental
constructions as being inside the self, or regard the self as being inside the mental
constructions ... Such person is called one of the untaught ordinary people, one who
is fettered by the bonds of mental projections, one bound to the duality of the
inner, and the outer, one who have not sighted the further shore, one who have not
sighted the beyond yet, one who is born bound, and who dies bound, chained and
constrained by mere ideas.. O
ne who endlessly repeats the cycle of birth and death....



Such confused friend may regard consciousness as the self, or regard the self as
having a consciousness, or regard the consciousness as being inside the self, or
regard the self as being inside the consciousness ... Such one is called one of the
untaught ordinary people, one fettered by the bonds of consciousness, one bound
to the mental and the material, one who have not sighted the further shore, one who
have not sighted the beyond, one who is born bound, who dies bound, one who from
this world goes to the world after this one ever and ever again...

But, friends, the well-taught Noble disciple, who indeed recognizes the Nobles,
who is skilled in the Dhamma of the Nobles, who indeed recognizes the Worthy,
who is trained in the Worthy teachings, such Noble One does not imagine the body
as being a self, neither does such Noble Friend regard this imagined self as having
a body, nor does such Noble Friend regard the body as being inside any fake self,
nor does such Noble Friend regard such fictious self as being inside any body ...
This one, friends, is called a well-taught friend, not fettered by the bounds of body,
nor bound to the inner, nor the outer, one who has sighted the sublime further shore,
one who has sighted the beyond. I tell you: Released is such Noble from all suffering!
Such Noble Friend does neither regard feeling as being the self, nor does he regard
perception as the self, nor does he regard mental constructions as the self, nor does
he regard consciousness as the self ... Such one is indeed called a well-taught friend,
who does not regard consciousness or any other state as an inner 'Ego', and who by
that is neither fettered by the bounds of consciousness, or any other ongoing process!
He is not bound to any internal phenomena, nor
any outer phenomena... Such Noble one
has sighted the further shore, such one has assuredly sighted the beyond of all being...
Released is such Noble friend, I declare, from all suffering ... !

Source: The Buddha Gotama in the Samyutta Nikāya  on the Clusters of Clinging..



On these 5 Clusters of Clinging (Khandha):
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Not_Yours.htm

https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Leash.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Like_Foam.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/House_on_Fire.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/V/Burden_and_Prison.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Stilling_of_Clinging.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Not_Who_but_What.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_5_Clusters_of_Clinging.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Things_that_can_be_clung_to.htm
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/What_are_the_5_Clusters_of_Clinging.htm

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