Buddha: 'Even seeing Ta/n/hâ, Arati, and Ragâ (the daughters of
Mâra), there was not the least wish
(in me) for sexual intercourse. What is this (thy daughter's body but a
thing) full of water and excrement? I do not even want to touch it with
Mâgandiya: 'If thou dost not want such a pearl, a woman desired by
many kings, what view, virtue, and (holy) works, (mode of) life,
re-birth dost thou profess?'
'"This I say," so (I do now declare), after investigation there is
nothing amongst the doctrines which such a one (as I would) embrace, O
Mâgandiya,'-- so said Bhagavat,--'and seeing (misery) in the
(philosophical) views, without adopting (any of them), searching (for
truth) I saw "inward peace."'
'All the (philosophical) resolutions that have been
formed,'--so said Mâgandiya,--'those indeed thou explainest without
adopting (any of them); the notion "inward peace" which (thou
mentionest), how is this explained by the wise?'
'Not by (any philosophical) opinion, not by tradition, not by
knowledge, O Mâgandiya,'--so said Bhagavat,--'not by virtue and (holy)
works can any one say that purity exists; nor by absence of
(philosophical) opinion, by absence of tradition, by absence of
knowledge, by absence of virtue and (holy) works either; having
abandoned these without adopting (anything else), let him, calm and
independent, not desire existence.
'If one cannot say by (any philosophical) opinion, or by
tradition, or by knowledge,'--so said Mâgandiya,--'or by virtue and
(holy) works that purity exists, nor by absence of (philosophical)
opinion, by absence of tradition, by absence of knowledge, by absence of
virtue and (holy) works, then I consider the doctrine foolish, for by
(philosophical) opinions some return to purity.'
'And asking on account of (thy philosophical) opinion, O
Mâgandiya,'--so said Bhagavat,--'thou hast gone to infatuation in what
thou hast embraced, and of this (inward peace) thou hast not the least
idea, therefore thou holdest it foolish.
'He who thinks himself equal (to others), or distinguished, or
low, he for that very reason disputes; but he who is unmoved under those
three conditions, for him (the notions) "equal" and "distinguished" do
'The Brâhma/n/a for whom (the notions) "equal" and "unequal" do
not exist, would he say, "This is true?" Or with whom should he dispute,
saying, "This is false?" With whom should he enter into dispute?
'Having left his house, wandering about
houseless, not making acquaintances in the village, free from lust, not
desiring (any future existence), let the Muni not get into quarrelsome
talk with people.
'Let not an eminent man (nâga) dispute after having embraced
those (views) separated from which he (formerly) wandered in the world;
as the thorny lotus elambu/g/a is undefiled by water and mud, so the
Muni, the confessor of peace, free from greed, does not cling to sensual
pleasures and the world.
'An accomplished man does not by (a philosophical) view, or by
thinking become arrogant, for he is not of that sort; not by (holy)
works, nor by tradition is he to be led, he is not led into any of the
resting-places (of the mind).
'For him who is free from marks there are no ties, to him who is
delivered by understanding there are no follies; (but those) who grasped
after marks and (philosophical) views, they wander about in the world
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