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430 LESSON 08 11 2011 Gilaana dassana m Sutta Seeing the Sick Citta
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430 LESSON 08 11 2011 Gilaana
dassana m Sutta Seeing the Sick Citta

 

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Dharmadharmatāvibhāga: The Distinction between
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 LESSON 430


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SN 41.10

PTS: S iv 302

CDB ii 1330

Gilaana-dassana.m Sutta: Seeing the Sick
(Citta)

translated from the Pali by

Maurice O’Connell Walshe

© 2007–2011

Alternate translation: Thanissaro

The Pali title of this sutta is based on the
PTS (Feer) edition.

At that time Citta the
householder was a sick man, suffering from a serious illness. Then a number of
devas that dwell in gardens, forests and trees, the devas of healing herbs and
of great trees in the forest, gathered together and said to Citta the
householder: “Make a resolve, householder: ‘In some future time may I be a
king, a world-ruler!

To this Citta replied…
“That is something impermanent, something to be rejected and passed
over.”

Now Citta’s friends,
colleagues and blood-relations heard him say this, and they said to him:
“Sir! Set up mindfulness, don’t ramble!”

“What have I said
that makes you tell me to set up mindfulness and not to ramble?”

“Why, sir, you just
said: ‘That is something impermanent, something to be rejected and passed
over.’”

“Yes, but I said
that to the devas who dwell in gardens… who bade me make a resolve that in
some future time I might be a king, a world-ruler.”

“Sir, what purpose
did those devas have in mind in urging you to make such a resolve?”

“This is what those
devas thought: ‘This householder Citta is a virtuous man, of noble disposition.
If he makes a resolve that in some future time he may be a king, a world-ruler,
this will be profitable to that virtuous man, having made such a resolve with a
pure heart, and will bring the just man a just and great reward…’ So then I
said, ‘That is something impermanent, something to be rejected and passed
over.’”

[Citta then instructs
them to have perfect faith in the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha, and passes
away.
]

Notes

1.

A whole
Samyutta (SN 41) is devoted to this householder (see
also Vol. II, No 23), who is held up as a model
layman in SN 17.23 (not translated here). His name is not the same as citta
“mind,” but means “bright, shining.”

2.

Cakkavatti lit. “a wheel-turning monarch,” the Indian term for a
universal ruler. This was what Gotama could have become if he had not become a
Buddha. The devas are aware of Citta’s great virtues (though they possibly
exaggerate in thinking he could become a world-ruler!), but are not wise enough
to think of his spiritual progress (cf. SN 1.20, n. 4).

3.

Ayyaputta = Ariyaputta lit. “son of the Ariyans” (cf. SN 22.7, n. 1).

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