A Heart Released

The Teachings of Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Thera

by Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Thera | 1995 | 9,299 words

Translated from the Thai by Thanissaro Bhikkhu Copyright © 1995 Metta Forest Monastery PO Box 1409, Valley Center, CA 92082 For free distribution only. You may reprint this work for free distribution. You may re-format and redistribute this work for use on computers and computer networks provided that you charge no fees for its distribution or us...

Teaching 13 - Only A Visuddhi Deva

Is An Individual Truly At Peace

akuppam sabba dhammesu neyyadhamma pavessanto:

One must have a mind un aroused with regard to any defilements and must know all phenomena both within and without,

- santo

in order to be calm and at peace. A person at peace in this way will have a fully developed sense of conscience and shame, mental qualities that are pure and clean, a firm, steady mind, and a personal integrity endowed with the qualities of a deva (celestial being), as stated in the stanza that runs,

hiri ottappa sampanna sukkadhamma samahita
santo sappurisa loke deva dhammati vuccare.

Devas by birth -- the inhabitants of the celestial realms -- are replete with sensual pleasures and restless with defilement. How then can they be at peace? This stanza thus must surely refer to visuddhi devas (devas through purity), i.e., to arahants. Such people are genuinely at peace and qualify as having a fully developed sense of conscience and shame, together with white qualities, i.e., true purity.

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