Perfectly Self-Enlightened Mean?
Buddha once said this:
Those who do not understand
Who do not know how Suffering comes into being,
Nor where Suffering ceases without remaining trace!
Who do not know this Noble Way & unique Method,
Which leads straight to stilling of all Suffering!
They are indeed incapable of any mental release;
They are neither released through understanding;
incapable of making an end, stranded, helpless,
They tumble on in birth,
ageing and eternal decay...
But those who do understand this
Who also know
The Cause of Suffering,
Suffering ceases completely,
do indeed understand the method of
This Noble Way
surely leads straight to
The End of all Suffering!
They are endowed both with mental
And also release
Being thus ready and able of making an
They stop tumbling on in birth, ageing
It is because he all alone has fully
awakened to these
4 Noble Truths
they really and actually are, that the
Tathagata is called a worthy
is called a Perfectly Self-Enlightened One, is called a
Therefore, Bhikkhus, an effort
should be dedicated to really understand:
An effort should be made much
Craving is the Cause of Suffering!
effort should be cultivated to
No Craving is the End of Suffering! Effort
should be made to break through,
reinforce, and develop:
This Noble 8-fold Way which Ceases all Suffering...
SammāSamBuddha can rediscover
and teach these Four Noble Truths!
More on these
4 Noble Truths (Cattari Ariya Saccani):
Source (edited extract):
Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:433]
Saccasamyutta. Thread 22-3: Kotigāma & Perfectly