A Roadside Shrine
the greatest human being? Decency, of
This roadside shrine is
dedicated to the enlightenment of all beings.
beings be well, happy and peaceful!
"Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu makes a declaration
of final knowledge thus: 'I understand: Birth is
destroyed, the holy life has been lived, what had to
be done has been done, there is no more coming to any
state of being.'
"That bhikkhu's words should neither be approved
nor disapproved. Without approving or disapproving, a
question should be put thus: 'Friend, there are four
kinds of expression rightly proclaimed by the Blessed
One who knows and sees, accomplished and fully
enlightened. What four? Telling the seen as it is
seen; telling the heard as it is heard; telling the
sensed as it is sensed; telling the cognized as it is
cognized. These, friend, are the four kinds of
expression rightly proclaimed by the Blessed One who
knows and sees, accomplished and fully enlightened.
How does the venerable one know, how does he See,
regarding these four kinds of expression, so that
through not clinging his mind is liberated from the
"Bhikkhus, when a bhikkhu is one with taints
destroyed, who has lived the holy life, done what had
to be done, laid down the burden, reached the true
goal, destroyed the fetters of being, and is
completely liberated through final knowledge, this is
the nature of his answer:
"'Friends, regarding the seen I abide unattracted,
unrepelled, independent, detached, free, dissociated,
with a mind rid of barriers. Regarding the heard..
.Regarding the sensed.. Regarding the cognized I abide
unattracted, unrepelled, independent, detached, free,
dissociated, with a mind rid of barriers." (From
the Chabbisodhana Sutta, The Sixfold Purity of
the Majjihima Nikaya (Middle Length
Discourses) of the Sutta-Pitaka (Basket of
Sermons) of the Tipitika (Three Baskets) or
teachings of the Enlightened One (The
is imperative to put up a fight. If in the
course of this struggle, a mistake is made even
in one town, it may prove detrimental to the
interests of the whole community."
1907, Indian Opinion