The Entrance of the
Stream towards NibbanA:
Savatthi the Blessed
Buddha said this:
Noble Disciple who possesses four things is a
Stream-Enterer, who is
no longer bound to the lower worlds, fixed in destiny, with
assured destination. What four?
Here, a Noble Disciple possesses
confirmed confidence in the Buddha
in this way:
Worthy, honourable and perfectly self-Enlightened is the Blessed
Consummated in knowledge and behaviour, totally transcended, expert
dimensions, knower of all worlds, unsurpassable trainer of those who can be tamed,
both teacher and guide of gods as well as of humans, blessed, exalted,
and Enlightened is the
Noble Disciple possesses confirmed confidence in the Dhamma in this way:
Perfectly formulated is this
visible right here and now, immediately
effective, timeless, inviting each and everyone to come and see for themselves, inspect,
examine and verify. Leading each and everyone through progress towards perfection.
Directly observable, experiencable and realizable by each intelligence...
Noble Disciple possesses confirmed confidence in the Sangha in this way:
Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's
training the right way, the true way, the good way, the direct way! Therefore do these
eight kinds of individuals, the four Noble pairs, deserve both gifts, self-sacrifice,
offerings, hospitality and reverential salutation with joined palms, since this Noble
Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples, is an unsurpassable
unsurpassed field of merit in and for this world to honour,
respect, protect & support..
esteemed by the Noble Ones in this way:
Unbroken, untorn, unspotted, unmottled,
pure, freeing, praised by the clever and wise,
genuine, leading to mental concentration, and absorption...
of Stream-Entry do all Noble Disciples possess!
Noble Disciple, Bhikkhus, who possesses these
4 true qualities is a Stream-Enterer,
no longer bound to the lower world, fixed in destiny, with
as his certain and
This is what the Blessed One said. Having said this, the Fortunate One, the Teacher,
further said this:
possess Faith and Morality, Confidence and vision of the Dhamma,
arrive at the supreme Happiness grounded upon and born of this Noble life..
Notes: The Stream Winner!
(Sotāpanna) has maximum 7 lives left to
live before Enlightenment.
He/she cannot be reborn in hell, as ghost, animal, or as angry demon,
and are thus safe
from this all to common catastrophic and excruciating downfall! Further details see:
More on gaining a surely
Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:343-4]
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