Wednesday, September 07, 2005

AN 6.1.1

The First Discourse on Being Worthy of Adoration

Thus has it been heard by me ?

At one time, the Blessed One dwelt at Savatthi, at
Jeta's grove, in the monastery of Anaathapi.n.dika.

Just then, the Blessed One addressed the Bhikkhus: ?Bhikkhus.? Those Bhikkhus replied assenting to the Blessed One: ?Revered One!? The Blessed One spoke thus:

Endowed, o Bhikkhus, with six qualities, a Bhikkhu is worthy of adoration, worthy of charity, worthy of veneration, worthy of homage, an unsurpassed field of merit for the world. With which six?

Here, o Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu, having seen a form with the eye, is neither pleased of mind nor displeased of mind. Equanimous dwells he; mindful and fully comprehending.

Here, o Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu, having heard a sound with the ear, is neither pleased of mind nor displeased of mind. Equanimous dwells he; mindful and fully comprehending.

Here, o Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu, having smelt a smell with the nose, is neither pleased of mind nor displeased of mind. Equanimous dwells he; mindful and fully comprehending.

Here, o Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu, having tasted a taste with the tongue, is neither pleased of mind nor displeased of mind. Equanimous dwells he; mindful and fully comprehending.

Here, o Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu, having felt a sensation with the body, is neither pleased of mind nor displeased of mind. Equanimous dwells he; mindful and fully comprehending.

Here, o Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu, having known an idea with the mind, is neither please in mind nor displeased of mind. Equanimous dwells he; mindful and fully comprehending.

Indeed, o Bhikkhus, endowed with these six qualities, a Bhikkhu is worthy of adoration, worthy of charity, worthy of veneration, worthy of homage, an unsurpassed field of merit for the world.

Thus spoke the Blessed One. Delighted, those Bhikkhus rejoiced in the speech of the Blessed One.