Aïguttara Nikàya
003. Anuttarãyavaggo Ý The Ideal

1. Sàmakasuttaü Ý At Samagama

003.01. At one time The Blessed One was living at the pond in the village Samagama in the country of the Sakyas. Then a certain deity, when the night was waning illuminating the whole of the pond with a resplendent light approached The Blessed One, worshipped, stood on a side and said to The Blessed One: Venerable sir, these three things conduce to the decrease of the bhikkhu. What three?

Becoming fond of activity, becoming fond of talk and becoming fond of sleep. Venerable sir, these three things conduce to the decrease of the bhikkhu. Saying it stood, waiting for the approval. Knowing that The Blessed One has approved, worshipped and circumambulated The Blessed One and vanished.

The Blessed One at the end of that night addressed the bhikkhus:

Bhikkhus, last night a certain deity, when the night was waning illuminating the whole of the pond with a resplendent light approached me, worshipped, stood on a side and said to me: Venerable sir, these three things conduce to the decrease of the bhikkhu. What three?

Becoming fond of activity, becoming fond of talk and becoming fond of sleep. Venerable sir, these three things conduce to the decrease of the bhikkhu. Saying it she stood, waiting for my approval. Knowing that I approved, she worshipped and circumambulated me and vanished.

Bhikkhus, it is no gain for you, it is rare, even the gods know these decreasing things. Bhikkhus, I will give three other decreasing things listen carefully and attend. What are the three things?

Fondness of company, unruliness and evil friendship. Bhikkhus, these three are decreasing things.

Bhikkhus, if any bhikkhus decreased in meritorious things, in the past, they did so on account of these six things. If any bhikkhus, decrease in meritorious things in the future, they will do so, on account of these six things. If any bhikkhus, decrease in meritorious things at present, they do so on account of these six things.

2. Aparihàniyasuttaü Ý Not decreasing

003.02. Bhikkhus, I will tell the six not decreasing things, listen and attend carefully. Bhikkhus, what are the six not decreasing things?

Not fond of activity, not fond of talk, not fond of sleep, not fond of company, suave and associating good friends. Bhikkhus, these six are not decreasing things.

Bhikkhus, if bhikkhus increased in meritorious things, in the past, they did so on account of these six things. If bhikkhus, increase in meritorious things in the future, they will do so, on account of these six things. If bhikkhus, increase in meritorious things at present, they do so on account of these six things.

3. Bhayasuttaü Ý Fear

003.03.Bhikkhus, fear is a synonym for sensuality, unpleasantness is a synonym for sensuality, sickness is a synonym for sensuality, a knot is a synonym for sensuality, clinging is a synonym for sensuality and mud is a synonym for sensuality.

Bhikkhus, why is fear a synonym for sensuality?

Bhikkhus, someone burning with sensual greed, bound with interest and greed, is not free from fear here and now, nor is he free from fear here after. Therefore fear is a synonym for sensuality.

Bhikkhus, why is unpleasantness, ... re ... sickness, ... re ... a knot, ... re ... clinging, ... re ... and why is mud a synonym for sensuality?

Bhikkhus, someone burning with sensual greed, bound with interest and greed, is not free from mud here and now, nor is he free from greed here after. Therefore mud is a synonym for sensuality.

Fear, unpleasantness, sickness, knot, clinging and mud,
These are called sensuality, in which the ordinary folk cling.
They that are appeased see fear in birth, death and being
And are released with the destruction of birth, death and being
They are pleasant here and now, having overcome anger and fear
They have put an end to all unpleasantness.

4. Himavantasuttaü Ý The Himalayas

003.04.Bhikkhus, the bhikkhu endowed with six things splits asunder the Himalaya mountains, there is nothing to talk about its skeleton, ignorance. What six?

Here, bhikkhus, the bhikkhu becomes clever in the attainments of concentration, ... re ... in getting established in the attainments of concentration, ... re ... in rising from the attainments of concentration,..re ... in the pleasantness of attainments of concentration .. re ... in finding pastures for attainments of concentration and making resolutions for the attainments of concentration Bhikkhus, the bhikkhu endowed with these six things splits asunder the Himalaya mountains, there is nothing to talk about its skeleton, ignorance.

5. Anussatiññhànasuttaü Ý Things to be recollected

003.05. Bhikkhus, these six are things to be recollected. What six?

Here, bhikhus, the noble disciple recollects the Thus Gone One: The Blessed One is worthy, rightfully enlightened, endowed with knowledge and conduct, well gone, knows the worlds, is the incomparable tamer of those to be tamed, the Teacher of gods and men, enlightened and blessed. At the time the noble disciple recollects the Thus Gone One, his mind is not prepossessed by greed, hate or delusion, his mind is directly bent on the Thus Gone One. When the noble disciple's mind is straightforward, it's gone out and released, it is raised from greed. Bhikkhus, greed is a synonym for the five strands of sense pleasures. Bhikkhus, there is a certain person who purifies making this same, the sign.

Again, the noble disciple recollects the Teaching: The Teaching of The Blessed One is here and now, not a matter of time, inviting to inspection, leading inwards and is to be realized by the wise by themselves. At the time the noble disciple recollects the Teaching, his mind is not prepossessed by greed, hate or delusion, his mind is directly bent on the Teaching .When the noble disciple's mind is straightforward, it's gone out and released, it is raised from greed. Bhikkhus, greed is a synonym for the five strands of sense pleasures. Bhikkhus, there is a certain person who purifies making this same, the sign.

Again, the noble disciple recollects the Community of bhikkhus: The Community of bhikkhus of The Blessed One have fallen to the right path, the straight path, the wise path, the path of mutual understanding. Such as the four pairs of eight Great Men. They are the disciples of The Blessed One that are worshipful, suitable for hospitality gifts and veneration with clasped hands. The incomparable field of merit for the world. At the time the noble disciple recollects the Community of bhikkhus, his mind is not prepossessed by greed, hate or delusion, his mind is directly bent on the Community of bhikkhus. When the noble disciple's mind is straightforward, it's gone out and released, it is raised from greed. Bhikkhus, greed is a synonym for the five strands of sense pleasures. Bhikkhus, there is a certain person who purifies making this same, the sign.

Again, the noble disciple recollects his virtues- That are not broken, not defective, not spotted, consistent free from slavery and praised by the wise as not corrupted and conducive to concentration. At the time the noble disciple recollects his virtues, his mind is not prepossessed by greed, hate or delusion, his mind is directly bent on his virtues. When the noble disciple's mind is straightforward, it's gone out, released, raised from greed. Bhikkhus, greed is a synonym for the five strands of sense pleasures. Bhikkhus, there is a certain person who purifies making this same, the sign.

Again, the noble disciple recollects his benevolence: It is great gain for me that I having given up stains of miserliness abide released and benevolent with open hands attached to giving up and making arrangements to give to the needy. At the time the noble disciple recollects his benevolence, his mind is not prepossessed by greed, hate or delusion, his mind is directly bent on benevolence. When the noble disciple's mind is straightforward, it's gone out and released, it is raised from greed. Bhikkhus, greed is a synonym for the five strands of sense pleasures. Bhikkhus, there is a certain person who purifies making this same, the sign.

Again, the noble disciple recollects the gods: There are gods born with the guardian gods, with the thirty-three gods, with the Titanic gods, with those of happiness, those attached to creation, those attached to the creation of others, with Brahma, and gods even above them. With whatever faith, virtues, learning, benevolence and wisdom, they disappeared from here and appeared there, that same faith, virtues, learning, benevolence and wisdom is evident in me. At the time the noble disciple recollects the gods, his mind is not prepossessed by greed, hate or delusion, his mind is directly bent on the gods. When the noble disciple's mind is straightforward, it's gone out and released, it is raised from greed. Bhikkhus, greed is a synonym for the five strands of sense pleasures. Bhikkhus, there is a certain person who purifies making this same, the sign.

.Bhikkhus, these six are things to be recollected.

6. Mahakaccànasuttaü Ý Venerable Mahakaccana

003.06. Then venerable Mahakaccana addressed the bhikkhus:

Friends, it is wonderful and surprising, The Blessed One, worthy and rightfully enlightened knowing and seeing has made it possible for sentient beings to be enlightened, to overcome grief and lament, to overcome unpleasantness and displeasure and realize extinction in these six recollections. What six?

Here, bhikhus, the noble disciple recollects the Thus Gone One: The Blessed One is worthy, rightfully enlightened, endowed with knowledge and conduct, well gone, knows the worlds, is the incomparable tamer of those to be tamed, the Teacher of gods and men, enlightened and blessed. At the time the noble disciple recollects the Thus Gone One, his mind is not prepossessed by greed, hate or delusion, his mind is directly bent on the Thus Gone One. Then the noble disciple's mind is straightforward, it's gone out, released and raised from greed. Friends, greed is a synonym for the five strands of sense pleasures. Friends, the noble disciple abides with a mind in all respects, similar to space, grown great, immeasurable, without anger and aversion. Friends, there is a certain person who develops purity making this same, the sign.

Again, the noble disciple recollects the Teaching: The Teaching of The Blessed One is here and now, not a matter of time, inviting to inspection, leading inwards and is to be realized by the wise by themselves. At the time the noble disciple recollects the Teaching, his mind is not prepossessed by greed, hate or delusion, his mind is directly bent on the Teaching òhen the noble disciple's mind is straightforward, it's gone out, released and raised from greed. Bhikkhus, greed is a synonym for the five strands of sense pleasures. Friends, the noble disciple abides with a mind in all respects, similar to space, grown great, immeasurable, without anger and aversion. Friends, there is a certain person who develops purity making this same, the sign.

Again, the noble disciple recollects the The Community of bhikkhus: The Community of bhikkhus of The Blessed One have fallen to the right path, the straight path, the wise path, the path of mutual understanding. Such as the four pairs of eight Great Men. They are the disciples of The Blessed One that are worshipful, suitable for hospitality gifts and veneration with clasped hands. The incomparable field of merit for the world. At the time the noble disciple recollects the Community of bhikkhus, his mind is not prepossessed by greed, hate or delusion, his mind is directly bent on the Community of bhikkhus. Then the noble disciple's mind is straightforward, it's gone out, released and raised from greed. Bhikkhus, greed is a synonym for the five strands of sense pleasures. Friends, the noble disciple abides with a mind in all respects, similar to space, grown great, immeasurable, without anger and aversion. Friends, there is a certain person who develops purity making this same, the sign.

Again, the noble disciple recollects his virtues- That are not broken, not defective, not spotted, consistent free from slavery and praised by the wise as not corrupted and conducive to concentration. At the time the noble disciple recollects his virtues, his mind is not prepossessed by greed, hate or delusion, his mind is directly bent on his virtues. Then the noble disciple's mind is straightforward, it's gone out, released and raised from greed. Bhikkhus, greed is a synonym for the five strands of sense pleasures. Friends, the noble disciple abides with a mind in all respects, similar to space, grown great, immeasurable, without anger and aversion. Friends, there is a certain person who develops purity making this same, the sign.

Again, the noble disciple recollects his benevolence: It is great gain for me that I having given up stains of miserliness.abide released and benevolent with open hands attached to giving up and making arrangements to give to the needy. At the time the noble disciple recollects his benevolence, his mind is not prepossessed by greed, hate or delusion, his mind is directly bent on benevolence. Then the noble disciple's mind is straightforward, it's gone out, released and raised from greed. Bhikkhus, greed is a synonym for the five strands of sense pleasures. Friends, the noble disciple abides with a mind in all respects, similar to space, grown great, immeasurable, without anger and aversion. Friends, there is a certain person who develops purity making this same, the sign.

Again, the noble disciple recollects the gods: There are gods born with the guardian gods, with the thirty-three gods, with the Titanic gods, with those of happiness, those attached to creation, those attached to the creation of others, with Brahma, and gods even above them. With whatever faith, virtues, learning, benevolence and wisdom, they disappeared from here and appeared there, that same faith, virtues, learning, benevolence and wisdom is evident in me. At the time the noble disciple recollects the gods, his mind is not prepossessed by greed, hate or delusion, his mind is directly bent on the gods. Then the noble disciple's mind is straightforward, it's gone out, released and raised from greed. Bhikkhus, greed is a synonym for the five strands of sense pleasures. Friends, the noble disciple abides with a mind in all respects, similar to space, grown great, immeasurable, without anger and aversion. Friends, there is a certain person who develops purity making this same, the sign. Friends, the noble disciple abides with a mind in all respects, similar to space, grown great, immeasurable, without anger and aversion. Friends, there is a certain person who develops purity making this same, the sign.

Friends, it is wonderful and surprising, The Blessed One, worthy and rightfully enlightened knowing and seeing has made it possible for sentient beings to be enlightened, to overcome grief and lament, to overcome unpleasantness and displeasure and realize extinction in these six recollections.

7. Pañhamasamayasuttaü Ý First right time to approach the advisory bhikkhu

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003.07. Then a certain bhikkhu approached The Blessed One, worshipped and sat on side and said: Venerable sir, how many instances are there to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development?

Bhikkhus, these six are the instances on which the bhikkhu should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development. What six?

Here, bhikkhus, when the bhikkhu abides with a mind overwhelmed with sensual greed, not knowing as it really should be, the escape from sensual greed, he should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development and advice should be asked in this manner: Friend, I abide with a mind overwhelmed with sensual greed and I do not know the escape from the arisen sensual greed as it really should be. Good! if the venerable one teach me how to dispel sensual greed. Then the bhikkhu who advises for mental development advises him, as to how he should dispel sensual greed. Bhikkhus, this is the first instance to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

Again, bhikkhus, when the bhikkhu abides with a mind overwhelmed with hate, not knowing as it really should be, the escape from arisen hate, he should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development and advice should be asked in this manner: Friend, I abide with a mind overwhelmed with hate and do not know the escape from arisen hate as it really should be. Good! if the venerable one teach me how to dispel hate Then the bhikkhu who advises for mental development advises him, as to how he should dispel hate. Bhikkhus, this is the second instance to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

Again, bhikkhus, when the bhikkhu abides with a mind overwhelmed with sloth and torpor, not knowing as it really should be, the escape from arisen sloth and torpor, he should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development and advice should be asked in this manner: Friend, I abide with a mind overwhelmed with sloth and torpor and I do not know the escape from the arisen sloth and torpor, as it really should be. Good! If the venerable one teach me how to dispel sloth and torpor. Then the bhikkhu who advises for mental development advises him, as to how he should dispel sloth and torpor. Bhikkhus, this is the third instance, to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

Again, bhikkhus, when the bhikkhu abides with a mind overwhelmed with restlessness and worry, not knowing as it really should be, the escape from arisen restlessness and worry, he should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development and advice should be asked in this manner: Friend, I abide with a mind overwhelmed with restlessness and worry and do not know the escape from the arisen restlessness and worry as it really should be. Good! If the venerable one teach me how to dispel restlessness and worry Then the bhikkhu who advises for mental development advises him, as to how he should dispel restlessness and worry. Bhikkhus, this is the fourth instance to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

Again, bhikkhus, when the bhikkhu abides with a mind overwhelmed with doubts, not knowing as it really should be, the escape from arisen doubts, he should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development and advice should be asked in this manner: Friend, I abide with a mind overwhelmed with doubts and do not know the escape from the arisen doubts as it really should be. Good! If the venerable one teach me how to dispel doubts. Then the bhikkhu who advises for mental development advises him, as to how he should dispel doubts. Bhikkhus, this is the fifth instance to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

Again, bhikkhus, when the bhikkhu does not know or see the sign to attend to, without an interval for the destruction of desires, he should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development and advice should be asked in this manner: Friend, I do not know or see the sign to attend to, without an interval for the destruction of desires, Good! If the venerable one teach me for the destruction of desires. Then the bhikkhu who advises for mental development advises him for the destruction of desires. Bhikkhus, this is the sixth instance to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

Bhikkhus, these six are the instances on which the bhikkhu should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

8. Dutiyasamayasuttaü Ý Second on the right time

003.08. At one time, many elder bhikhus were residing in Benares in the deer park in Isipathana. Those elder bhikkhus were gathered and seated in the circular hall after the meal was over, on returning from the alms round, this was their topic of conversation. Friends, what is the correct time to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development?

A certain elder bhikkhu said, friends, when the advisroy bhikkhu had had his meal, returning from the alms round, having washed his feet is seated legs crossed, body straight and mindfulness established in front of him, that is the right time to see the advisory bhikkhu for mental development.

When this was said, a certain bhikkhu said friends, when the advisory bhikkhu had had his meal, returning from the alms round, having washed his feet is seated legs crossed, body straight and mindfulness established in front of him, that is not the right time to see the advisory bhikkhu for mental development. At that time, he is lazy on account of fullness and it is not the correct time to see the advisory bhikkhu for mental development. Friends, when the advisory bhikkhu for mental development gets up from his seclusion in the evening and sits in the shadow of the monastery, legs crossed, body straight and mindfulness established in front of him, that is the right time to approach him.

When this was said, another bhikkhu said, friends, when the advisory bhikkhu for mental development gets up from his seclusion in the evening and sits in the shadow of the monastery, legs crossed, body straight and mindfulness established in front of him, that is not the right time to approach him. At that time he attends to the sign of concentration for the daytime, therefore it is not the right time to approach the advisory bhikkhu for mental development. Friends, when the advisory bhikkhu for mental development sits cross legged, the body straight and mindfulness established in front of him in the last watch of the night, that is the right time to approach the advisory bhikkhu for mental development.

When this was said another bhikkhu said, friends, when the advisory bhikkhu for mental development sits cross legged, the body straight and mindfulness established in front of him in the last watch of the night, that is not the right time to approach the advisory bhikkhu for mental development. At that time his strength has decreased and is likely that he could recollect The Blessed One. Therefore it is not the right time to approach the advisory bhikkhu for mental development.

When this was said, venerable Mahakaccana said to the elder bhikkhus: Friends, I have heard this from The Blessed One himself and The Blessed One acknowledges them.

Here, bhikkhus, when the bhikkhu abides with a mind overwhelmed with sensual greed, not knowing as it really should be, the escape from sensual greed, he should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development and advice should be asked in this manner: Friend, I abide with a mind overwhelmed with sensual greed and do not know the escape from the arisen sensual greed as it really should be. Good! If the venerable one teach me how to dispel sensual greed. Then the bhikkhu who advises for mental development advises him, as to how he should dispel sensual greed. Bhikkhus, this is the first instance to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

Again, bhikkhus, when the bhikkhu abides with a mind overwhelmed with hate, not knowing as it really should be, the escape from arisen hate, he should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development and advice should be asked in this manner: Friend, I abide with a mind overwhelmed with hate and do not know the escape from arisen hate as it really should be. Good! If the venerable one teach me how to dispel hate Then the bhikkhu who advises for mental development advises him, as to how he should dispel hate. Bhikkhus, this is the second instance to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

Again, bhikkhus, when the bhikkhu abides with a mind overwhelmed with sloth and torpor, not knowing as it really should be, the escape from arisen sloth and torpor, he should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development and advice should be asked in this manner: Friend, I abide with a mind overwhelmed with sloth and torpor and do not know the escape from the arisen sloth and torpor as it really should be. Good! If the venerable one teach me how to dispel sloth and torpor. Then the bhikkhu who advises for mental development advises him, as to how he should dispel sloth and torpor. Bhikkhus, this is the third instance to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

Again, bhikkhus, when the bhikkhu abides with a mind overwhelmed with restlessness and worry, not knowing as it really should be, the escape from arisen restlessness and worry, he should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development and advice should be asked in this manner: Friend, I abide with a mind overwhelmed with restlessness and worry and do not know the escape from the arisen restlessness and worry as it really should be. Good! If the venerable one teach me how to dispel restlessness and worry Then the bhikkhu who advises for mental development advises him, as to how he should dispel restlessness and worry. Bhikkhus, this is the fourth instance to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

Again, bhikkhus, when the bhikkhu abides with a mind overwhelmed with doubts, not knowing as it really should be, the escape from arisen doubts, he should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development and advice should be asked in this manner: Friend, I abide with a mind overwhelmed with doubts and do not know the escape from arisen doubts as it really should be. Good! If the venerable one teach me how to dispel doubts. Then the bhikkhu who advises for mental development advises him, as to how he should dispel doubts. Bhikkhus, this is the fifth instance to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

Again, bhikkhus, when the bhikkhu does not know or see the sign to attend to, without an interval for the destruction of desires, he should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development and advice should be asked in this manner: Friend, I do not know or see the sign to attend to, without an interval for the destruction of desires,Good! If the venerable one teaches me for the destruction of desires. Then the bhikkhu who advises for mental development advises him for the destruction of desires. Bhikkhus, this is the sixth instance to approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

Bhikkhus, these six are the instances on which the bhikkhu should approach the bhikkhu who advises for mental development.

9. Udayisuttaü Ý To venerable Udayi

003.09. The Blessed One addressed venerable Udayi: Udayi, how many are the things to be recollected? When asked, venerable Udayi was silent. For the second time, The Blessed One addressed venerable Udayi: Udayi, how many are the things to be recollected? For the second time venerable Udayi was silent. For the third time, The Blessed One addressed venerable Udayi: Udayi, how many are the things to be recollected? For the third time venerable Udayi was silent. Then venerable ânanda said thus to venerable Udayi: Friend, Udayi, the Teacher addresses you: Friend, ânanda, I hear The Blessed One.

Here, venerable sir, the bhikkhu recollects the manifold previous births such as one birth, two, ... re ... thus with all details he recollects the manifold previous births. Venerable sir, these are the recollections. Then The Blessed One addressed venerable ânanda: ânanda I knew that the foolish man Udayi, does not live yoked to the higher development of the mind. ânanda, how many are the recollections?

Venerable sir, there are five recollections -What five?

Here, venerable sir, the bhikkhu secluding the mind from sensual desires ... re ... abides in the third higher state of mind. Venerable sir, these are the things to be recollected. When they are made much they conduce to pleasantness here and now.

Again, venerable sir the bhikkhu attends to the sign of light, the sign of day, as the day, so also the night. Thus with an open mind not encompassed develops the mind of radiance. When they are made much they conduce to gain of knowledge and vision.

Again, venerable sir, the bhikkhu reflects this same body up, from the feet and down from the hairs of the head, surrounded by the skin as full of impurities. There's in this body, hairs of the head and body, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, nerves, bones, bone marrow, bladder, heart, liver, pleura, spleen, lungs, intestines, small intestines, stomach, excreta, bile, phelgm, pus, blood, sweat, oil of the body, tears, fat, spit, snot, synovic fluid and urine. When reflected and made much it conduce to dispel seusual greed.

Again, venerable sir, the bhikkhu reflects a body thrown in the charnel ground, when dead, after one day, or two days, or three days, or swollen, or turned blue, or festering and reflects, it will be the same with this body too. This body has not gone beyond that. Or he looks at a body thrown in the charnel ground eaten by, crows, hawks, vultures, dogs, foxes, or eaten by various living things and reflects it will be the same with this body too. This body has not gone beyond that. Or he looks at a body thrown in the charnel ground, a skeleton with flesh, smeared with blood and bound with veins, a skeleton without flesh smeared with blood and bound with veins, a skeleton without flesh not smeared with blood and bound with veins, a skeleton with disconnected bones, thrown here and there, the bones of the hand in one place, of the feet in another place, of the knee in another place, of the thigh in one place, of the hips in another place, the backbone in one place and scull in another place and reflects it will be the same with this body too. This body has not gone beyond that. Or he reflects a body thrown in the charnel ground the bones turned white, like white pearls, decayed bones, bones decayed for three years, turned to dust and reflects it will be the same with this body too. This body has not gone beyond that. When reflected and made much it conduces to root out the conceit `I am'

Again, venerable sir, dispelling pleasantness and unpleasantness ... re ... abides in the fourth higher state of mind. When reflected and made much it conduces for the realization of various elements. Venerable sir, these five are to be recollected.

Good! ânanda, bear in mind these six recollections too. The bhikkhu proceeds mindfully, recedes mindfully, stands mindfully, sits mindfully, lies mindfully, intends activity mindfully. ânanda, when these are recollected it conduces to mindful awareness.

10. Anuttariyasuttaü Ý Ideal things

003.10. Bhikkhus, these six are ideal things. What six?

An excellent sight, an excellent hearing, an excellent gain, an excellent training, an excellent attendance and to recollect the most excellent recollection.

Bhikkhus, what is the most excellent sight?

Here, bhikkhus, a certain one goes to see the jewel of elephants, the jewel of horses, the jewel of jewels, goes to see high and low things. Goes to see recluses or Brahmins or those of wrong view and taken the wrong path. Bhikkhus, are they sights? I do not say, they are not, they are low, vile and for the non noble, not conducive to turning away, for disenchantment, for cessation, for appeasement, for knowledge, for enlightenment and extinction. If they go to see the Thus Gone One or the disciples of the Thus Gone One, get established in faith, get established in them, directly in favour, bhikkhus that is the most excellent sight for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of grief and lament for the ending of unpleasantness and displeasure, for realization of knowledge and extinction. Such as to see the Thus Gone One or the disciples of the Thus Gone One.and get established in faith, get established in them directly pleasantly. Bhikkhus this is the most excellent sight. What is the most excellent hearing?

Here, bhikkhus, a certain one goes to hear the sound of drums, the sound of the violin, sougs, and other high and low sounds. They go to hear from recluses or Brahmins or those of wrong view and taken the wrong path. Bhikkhus, is there such a hearing,? I do not say, there isn't. They are low, vile and for the non noble, not conducive to turning away, for disenchantment, for cessation, for appeasement, for knowledge, for enlightenment and extinction. If they go to hear the Teaching from Thus Gone One or the disciples of the Thus Gone One, get established in faith, get established in them, directly, pleasantly, bhikkhus that is the most excellent hearing for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of grief and lament for the ending of unpleasantness and displeasure, for realization of knowledge and extinction. Such as listening to the Teaching from the Thus Gone One or the disciples of the Thus Gone One and get established in faith, get established in them directly, pleasantly. Bhikkhus this is the most excellent hearing. Thus is the most excellent sight and the most excellent hearing, what is the most excellent gain?

Here, bhikkhus, a certain one becomes a gainer of sons, a wife, wealth and becomes a gainer of high and low things. Or gains faith in recluses or Brahmins with wrong view and taken the wrong path. Bhikkhus, is that a gain? I do not say, they are not, they are low, vile and for the non noble ones, not conducive to turning away, for disenchantment, for cessation, for appeasement, for knowledge, for enlightenment and extinction. If they gain faith in the Thus Gone One or the disciples of the Thus Gone One, get established in faith, gets established in them, directly, pleasantly, that is the most excellent of gains for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of grief and lament for the ending of unpleasantness and displeasure, for realization of knowledge and extinction. Such as to gain faith in the Thus Gone One or the disciples of the Thus Gone One and get established in faith, get established in them directly, pleasantly. Bhikkhus, this is the most excellent gain. Bhikkhus thus is the most excellent sight, the most excellent hearing and the most excellent gain. What is the most excellent training?

Here, bhikkhus, a certain one trains elephants, trains horses, gets the training as a charioteer, in shooting and trains in the study of stars, and gets trained in high and low things. Or gets a training from recluses or Brahmins or those of wrong view and taken the wrong path. Bhikkhus, is it a training? I do not say, they are not, they are low, vile and for the non noble ones, not conducive to turning away, for disenchantment, for cessation, for appeasement, for knowledge, for enlightenment and extinction. If they train in the higher virtues, higher mind and higher wisdom in the Teaching and Discipline declared by the Thus Gone One and get established in faith, get established in them pleasantly, directly in favour, bhikkhus that is the most excellent training for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of grief and lament for the ending of unpleasantness and displeasure, for realization of knowledge and extinction. Such as the higher virtues, higher mind and higher wisdom in the Teaching and Discipline declared by the Thus Gone One. Bhikkhus that is the most excellent training. Thus is the most excellent sight, hearing, gain and training. What is the most excellent attendance?

Here, bhikkhus, a certain one attends on warriors, on Brahmins, on householders, or attends on the high and low or attends on recluses or Brahmins or those of wrong view and taken the wrong path. Bhikkhus, is that attendance? I do not say, they are not, they are low, vile and for the non noble ones, not conducive to turning away, for disenchantment, for cessation, for appeasement, for knowledge, for enlightenment and extinction. If they attend on the Thus Gone One or the disciples of the Thus Gone One, get established in faith, get established in them pleasantly, directly in favour, bhikkhus that is the most excellent attendence for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of grief and lament for the ending of unpleasantness and displeasure, for realization of knowledge and extinction. Such as attending on the Thus Gone One or the disciples of the Thus Gone One. Bhikkhus this is the most excellent attendance. Thus is the most excellent sight, hearing, gain, training and attendance. What is the most excellent rcollection?

Here, bhikkhus, a certain one recalls the gain of sons, the gain of wife and recalls other high and low things. Recalls recluses or Brahmins or those of wrong view and taken the wrong path. Bhikkhus, are they recollections? I do not say, they are not, they are low, vile and for the non noble ones, not conducive to turning away, for disenchantment, for cessation, for appeasement, for knowledge, for enlightenment and extinction. If they recall the Thus Gone One or the disciples of the Thus Gone One, gets established in faith, gets established in them, directly in favour, bhikkhus that is the most excellent of recollections for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of grief and lament for the ending of unpleasantness and displeasure, for realization of knowledge and extinction. Such as the recollection of the Thus Gone One or the disciples of the Thus Gone One. Bhikkhus this is the most excellent recollection. Bhikkhus, these six are the most excellent recollections.

They that gain the most noble sight, the most excellent hearing
The most excellent gain and attached to the excellent training
Attending on those to be attended to, develop their recollections
Secluded, appeased going in the direction of deathlessness
Are diligent, delighted, clever and restrained in virtues
As time goes they realize how unpleasantness ceases.