The 8 Deliverances
Blessed Buddha Once said:
Bhikkhus: There are eight deliverances. Which are these?
1: Experiencing forms on own body, one visualizes these internal
as if they are external, outside of one, (e.g. an organ, bone,
This is the 1st deliverance.
2: Experiencing external objects one perfectly visualizes these outer forms,
as if they are right in front of one's eyes. (e.g. a pond, mountain, or a galaxy).
This is the 2nd deliverance.
3: Experiencing any form, one visualizes these as perfectly stable & fixed
images, and visually assured one thinks: Oohh This is exquisitely beautiful!
This is the 3rd deliverance.
4: Through complete transcendence of experience of form,
with the passing
and silencing of all sensory reaction, without
giving attention to any
experience, any difference or any diversity whatsoever, entirely absorbed
on only the infinitude of space, one enters & dwells immersed in
sphere of infinite space...
This is the 4th deliverance.
5: By transcending this infinitude of space, now singularly aware
consciousness is infinite, one enters and dwells immersed in that infinitude
This is the 5th deliverance.
6: By going beyond this infinitude of consciousness, now concentrating on
one enters and dwells immersed in
this empty, vacant, absent void
This is the 6th deliverance.
7: By thoroughly leaving behind even this open vacuity
of void nothingness,
and dwells immersed in the exceedingly subtle & stilled state of
This is the 7th deliverance.
8: By transcending even this subtle
of sense experience, ending all perception
and ending all feeling!
This is the final 8th deliverance...
These 8 states, Bhikkhus, are the
8 kinds of mental deliverance...
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