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Itivuttaka 38 Vitakka Sutta
Thinking

What are the two thoughts that often occur to the Buddha?

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard,

“Monks, two thoughts often occur to the Tathāgata, the Arahant, the Fully Enlightened Buddha. The thought of fearlessness and the thought of seclusion.

Monks, the Tathāgata delights in harmlessness and enjoys harmlessness. Monks, as the Tāthagata lives delighting in harmlessness and enjoying harmlessness, this thought often occurs to him, ‘By this behaviour, I harm no beings at all, whether they are fearless or subject to fear.’

Monks, the Tathāgata delights in seclusion and enjoys seclusion. Monks, as the Tathāgata lives delighting in seclusion and enjoying seclusion, this thought often occurs to him, ‘Whatsoever was unwholesome that was present in me has all been eradicated.’

Therefore, monks, you, too, must live delighting in harmlessness and enjoying harmlessness. Monks, as you live delighting in harmlessness and enjoying harmlessness, this thought will often occur to you, ‘By this behaviour, we harm no beings at all, whether they are fearless or subject to fear.’

Monks, you, too, must live delighting in seclusion and enjoying seclusion. Monks, as you live delighting in seclusion and enjoying seclusion, these thoughts will often occur to you, ‘What is unwholesome? What has not been eradicated? What have we eradicated?’”

This is the meaning of what the Blessed One said. So, with regard to this, it was said:

The two thoughts occur to the Tathāgata, the Buddha who endures things that cannot be endured by anyone else: the first thought mentioned is harmlessness and the second thought declared is seclusion.

The Great Sage, the Buddha, dispelled the darkness of ignorance, crossed over the journey of rebirths, reached the highest goal, gained mastery over his mind, was freed from taints, and made others cross over the journey of rebirths. The Great Sage now bears his final body. The Buddha left behind Māra and has gone beyond aging.

Ascending the palace of wisdom, freed from sorrow, the Wise Sage looks at the sorrowful people as someone standing on a mountain observing those on the ground below.

This, too, is the meaning of what was said by the Blessed One. This is exactly as I heard.

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Itivuttaka 38 Vitakka Sutta: Thinking

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