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Aṅguttara Nikāya - The Numerical Discourses

6: The Book of the Sixes

48. Directly Visible (2)

1Then a certain brahmin approached the Blessed One and exchanged greetings with him. When they had concluded their greetings and cordial talk, he sat down to one side and said to the Blessed One:

"Master Gotama, it is said: ‘The directly visible Dhamma, the directly visible Dhamma.’ In what way, Master Gotama, is the Dhamma directly visible, immediate, inviting one to come and see, applicable, to be personally experienced by the wise?"

2"Well then, brahmin, I will question you in turn about this. Answer as you see fit. What do you think, brahmin? (1) When there is lust within you, do you know: ‘There is lust within me,’ and when there is no lust within you, do you know: ‘There is no lust within me’?"

"Yes, sir."

"Since, brahmin, when there is lust within you, you know: ‘There is lust within me,’ and when there is no lust within you, you know: ‘There is no lust within me,’ in this way the Dhamma is directly visible, immediate, inviting one to come and see, applicable, to be personally experienced by the wise.

3"What do you think, brahmin? (2) When there is hatred within you … (3) … delusion within you … (4) … a bodily fault within you[n.1350] Kāyasandosaṁ, followed by vacīsandosaṁ and manosandosaṁ. Mp glosses the first as a faulty quality in the body-door (kāyadvārassa dussanākāraṁ). … (5) … a verbal fault within you … (6) … a mental fault within you, do you know: ‘There is a mental fault within me,’ and when there is no mental fault within you, do you know: ‘There is no mental fault within me’?"

"Yes, sir."


"Since, brahmin, when there is a mental fault within you, you know: ‘There is a mental fault within me,’ and when there is no mental fault within you, you know: ‘There is no mental fault within me,’ in this way the Dhamma is directly visible, immediate, inviting one to come and see, applicable, to be personally experienced by the wise."

4"Excellent, Master Gotama! … Let Master Gotama consider me a lay follower who from today has gone for refuge for life."

1Atha kho aññataro brāhmaṇo yena bhagavā tenupasaṅkami; upasaṅkamitvā bhagavatā saddhiṁ sammodi. Sammodanīyaṁ kathaṁ sāraṇīyaṁ vītisāretvā ekamantaṁ nisīdi. Ekamantaṁ nisinno kho so brāhmaṇo bhagavantaṁ etadavoca: 

"‘sandiṭṭhiko dhammo, sandiṭṭhiko dhammo’ti, bho gotama, vuccati. Kittāvatā nu kho, bho gotama, sandiṭṭhiko dhammo hoti akāliko ehipassiko opaneyyiko paccattaṁ veditabbo viññūhī"ti?

2"Tena hi, brāhmaṇa, taññevettha paṭipucchissāmi. Yathā te khameyya tathā naṁ byākareyyāsi. Taṁ kiṁ maññasi, brāhmaṇa, santaṁ vā ajjhattaṁ rāgaṁ ‘atthi me ajjhattaṁ rāgo’ti pajānāsi, asantaṁ vā ajjhattaṁ rāgaṁ ‘Natthi me ajjhattaṁ rāgo’ti pajānāsī"ti?

"Evaṁ, bho".

"Yaṁ kho tvaṁ, brāhmaṇa, santaṁ vā ajjhattaṁ rāgaṁ ‘atthi me ajjhattaṁ rāgo’ti pajānāsi, asantaṁ vā ajjhattaṁ rāgaṁ ‘Natthi me ajjhattaṁ rāgo’ti pajānāsi – evampi kho, brāhmaṇa, sandiṭṭhiko dhammo hoti … pe ….

3Taṁ kiṁ maññasi, brāhmaṇa, santaṁ vā ajjhattaṁ dosaṁ … pe … santaṁ vā ajjhattaṁ mohaṁ … pe … santaṁ vā ajjhattaṁ kāyasandosaṁ … pe … santaṁ vā ajjhattaṁ vacīsandosaṁ … pe … santaṁ vā ajjhattaṁ manosandosaṁ ‘atthi me ajjhattaṁ manosandoso’ti pajānāsi, asantaṁ vā ajjhattaṁ manosandosaṁ ‘Natthi me ajjhattaṁ manosandoso’ti pajānāsī"ti?

"Evaṁ, bho".


"Yaṁ kho tvaṁ, brāhmaṇa, santaṁ vā ajjhattaṁ manosandosaṁ ‘atthi me ajjhattaṁ manosandoso’ti pajānāsi, asantaṁ vā ajjhattaṁ manosandosaṁ ‘Natthi me ajjhattaṁ manosandoso’ti pajānāsi – evaṁ kho, brāhmaṇa, sandiṭṭhiko dhammo hoti akāliko ehipassiko opaneyyiko paccattaṁ veditabbo viññūhī"ti.

4"Abhikkantaṁ, bho gotama, abhikkantaṁ, bho gotama … pe … upāsakaṁ maṁ bhavaṁ gotamo dhāretu ajjatagge pāṇupetaṁ saraṇaṁ gatan"ti.

Chaṭṭhaṁ.