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AN I 41-50 Direction and Clarity

Paṇihitaaccha Vagga

 

41. Not Well Directed

 

Monks,

Just as if a grain of rice or barley

which was not well directed, [1]

would be stepped on by a hand or a foot;

 

That this grain of rice or barley would

break through the skin

and cause blood to surface;

That is impossible.[2]

 

Why?

 

Because that grain is not well directed.

 

It is the same monks,

for a person whose mind is not well directed;

That their mind could

break through ignorance,

cause understanding to surface; [3]

and experience Nibbāna;

That is impossible.[4]

 

Why?

 

Because that mind is not well directed.

 

 

42. Well Directed

 

Monks,

Just as if a grain of rice or barley

which was well directed [5]

would be stepped on by a hand or a foot;

 

That this grain of rice or barley could

break through the skin

and cause blood to surface;

That is possible.

 

Why is that?

 

Because that grain is well directed.

 

 

It is the same monks,

for a person whose mind is well directed,

That their mind could

break through ignorance,

cause understanding to surface;

And experience Nibbāna; [6]

That is possible.

 

Why is that?

 

Because that mind is well directed.

 

 

 

[1] micchāpaṇihitaṃ

[2] bhecchati lohitaṃ vā uppādessatīti netaṃ ṭhānaṃ vijjati.

[3] micchāpaṇihitena cittena avijjaṃ bhecchati, vijjaṃ uppādessati «u+pada+ṇe+ssati» [ဥ+ပဒ+ေဏ+ႆတိ]

[4] nibbānaṃ sacchikarissatīti netaṃ ṭhānaṃ vijjati.

[5] sammāpaṇihitaṃ

[6] sammāpaṇihitena cittena avijjaṃ bhecchati, vijjaṃ uppādessati, nibbānaṃ sacchikarissatīti ṭhānametaṃ vijjati

 

 

 

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