To the one in jhāna—
seated, dustless, passionless, his task done, effluent-free,
gone to the beyond of all phenomena—
I’ve come with a desire for a question.
Tell me the gnosis of emancipation, the breaking open of ignorance.
The abandoning both of sensual desires, & of unhappiness,
the dispelling of sloth, the warding off of anxieties,
equanimity-&-mindfulness purified, with inspection of mental qualities swift in the forefront:
That I call the gnosis of emancipation, the breaking open of ignorance.
With what is the world fettered?
With what is it examined?
Through the abandoning of what is there said to be unbinding?
With delight the world’s fettered.
With directed thought it’s examined.
Through the abandoning of craving is there said to be unbinding.
Living mindful in what way does one bring consciousness to a halt?
We’ve come to ask the Blessed One.
Let us hear your words.
Not relishing feeling, inside or out:
One living mindful in this way brings consciousness to a halt.