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Ajita-manava-puccha: Ajita's Questions


Summary: url=index.html#snp.5.01.than The Buddha summarizes the essence of Dhamma training: “Not craving for sensual pleasures, and with a mind that is pure and tranquil.&quot.

Sn 5.1 PTS: Sn 1032-1039

Ajita-manava-puccha: Ajita's Questions

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Alternate translation: Ireland


With what is the world shrouded?

Because of what

doesn't it shine?

With what

is it smeared? Tell me.


is its great danger & fear?

[The Buddha:]

With ignorance the world is shrouded.

Because of stinginess,

heedlessness, it doesn't shine.

With longing

it's smeared — I tell you. Suffering-stress: its great danger & fear.


They flow every which way,

the streams.

What is their blocking, what their restraint — tell me — with what are they finally stopped?

[The Buddha:]

Whatever streams there are in the world:

their blocking is
mindfulness, mindfulness
is their restraint — I tell you —

with discernment

they're finally stopped.


Discernment & mindfulness, name & form, dear sir: Tell me, when asked this,

where are they brought to a halt?

[The Buddha:]

This question you've asked, Ajita, I'll answer it for you — where name & form

are brought to a halt
without trace:

With the cessation of consciousness

they're brought
to a halt.


Those here who have fathomed the Dhamma,

those who are learners,
those who are run-of-the-mill:

When you, dear sir, astute,

are asked this,

tell me their manner of life.

[The Buddha:]

He should not hanker

	for sensual pleasures,
should be limpid in mind.

Skilled in all mental qualities, he, the monk, should live his life



According to the Culaniddesa (Nd.II), the streams that “flow every which way” are the streams of craving, views, conceit, defilement, corruption, and ignorance that flow out the six sense media. The first two lines in Ven. Ajita's second set of questions (the first half-line in the Pali) is identical to the first half-line in Dhp. 340.

For a more detailed answer to Ajita's last set of questions, see SN 12.31.

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