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Holy Digha Nikaya
English translation by T. W. Rhys Davids
taken from http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/dob/
'Come now, young man. Go to the Samana Ānanda, and ask in my name as to whether his sickness and indisposition has abated, as to his health and vigour and condition of ease; and say: "'Twere well if the venerable Ānanda would be so kind as to pay a visit to Subha, the young Brahman, the son of the man of Tudi."'
'It is not just now, young man, convenient, for I have just taken medicine. But perhaps I may be able to go on the morrow, if so be that conditions and opportunity seem fit.' Then that young man arose from his seat, and went to Subha, and told him all, and added:
'So, Sir, the matter has been so far accomplished that perhaps the venerable Ānanda may be able to come on the morrow, if so be that conditions and opportunity seem fit.'
'You, Sir, have waited long on the venerable Gotama, constantly near him, continually in his company. You, Sir, will know what were the things the venerable Gotama was wont to praise; to which he used to incite the folk, in which he established them, and made them firm. What were they, Ānanda?'
'And what, Ānanda, is this so noble body of doctrine regarding right conduct (Sīla) in praise of which the venerable Gotama was wont to speak; to which he used to incite the folk, in which he established them, and made them firm?'
7 - 29.
1. The appearance of a Buddha, and his preaching.
2. The awakening of a hearer, and his entry into the Order.
3. His self-training in act, word, and speech.
4. The minor details of morality he observes.
5. The absence of fear, confidence of heart thence resulting.
And the answer concludes the enumeration with the words:--]
'Wonderful is this, Ānanda, and mysterious--both that this so noble group of conduct is well-rounded, not incomplete; and that I perceive no other, like unto it, among the other Samanas and Brāhmanas outside of this communion. And were they also to perceive such in themselves, then would they be satisfied with thus much, and would say: "So far is enough. We have done thus much. The aim of our Samanaship has been reached." But you, Ānanda, on the other hand, say: "There is yet something further, according to your system, still to be done."'
Here ends the First Portion for Recitation in the Subha Sutta.
2 - 18.
1. The way in which he learns to guard the door of his senses.
2. The constant mindfulness and self-possession that he gains.
3. The power of being content with little, with simplicity of life.
4. The emancipation of heart from the Five Hindrances--covetousness, ill-temper, sloth of body and mind, excitement and worry, and perplexity.
5. The resulting joy and peace that pervades his bodily frame, and fills his heart.
6-9. The Four Raptures (Ghānas). And the answer is followed by the same injunction as to something further to be done, and the same rejoinder as above in Chapter I, 30.]
20 - 26.
1. The Nāna-dassana--the insight which sees that the body is impermanent, and that mind (Vińńāna) is bound up with it, has no existence independent of it.
2. The power of calling up mental images.
3. The perception of the Four Truths as to sorrow and the Eightfold Path; the rooting out of one's mind of the Intoxicants (the Asāvas); and the final. assurance, consequent thereon, of Emancipation gained.]
'Wonderful is this, Ānanda, and mysterious--both that this so noble group of doctrine regarding intellect is well-rounded, not incomplete; and that I perceive no other, like unto it among the other Samanas and Brāhmanas outside of this communion. And there is not, in this matter, anything further to be accomplished. Most excellent, Ānanda, are the words of thy mouth, most excellent! Just as if a man were to set up that which has been thrown down, or were to reveal that which has been hidden away, or were to point out the right road to him who has gone astray, or were to bring a light into the darkness so that those who have eyes could see external forms--just even so has the truth been made known to me, in many a figure, by the venerable Ānanda. And I, even I, betake myself to that venerable Gotama as my guide, to the truth, and to the Order. May the venerable Ānanda receive me as an adherent, as one who, from this day forth, as long as life endures. has taken them as his guide.'
Here ends the Subha Suttanta.