As he thus sat at one side
the Exalted One thus addressed the venerable Rādha:--
'I will show you the things to be understood,
and the understanding,
and the person who has understood.
Do you listen to it.'
The Exalted One thus spoke:
'And what, Radha, are the things to be understood?
Body, Radha, is a thing to be understood:
so is feeling, perception, the activities.
Consciousness is a thing to be understood.
These, Rādha, are the things to be understood.
And what, Rādha, is understanding?
The destruction of lust,
the destruction of hatred,
the destruction of ignorance, --
this, Rādha, is called 'understanding'.
And who, Rādha, is the person who has understood?
'Worthy' should he be called,
that venerable one of such and such a name,
of such and such a clan - -
that, Rādha, is the meaning of 'the person who has understood'.'
Sometimes the Buddha reminded people of the purpose of the teachings in a
longer discourse, sometimes in a shorter discourse, but one has to be often
reminded of the goal. What is the purpose of understanding, if it does not
lead to the eradication of defilements?
- The object for which the holy life is lived
- Is there a method?
- The purpose of the Buddha's teachings
- Experience an object through one of the six doors
- Experience an object without any doorway
- Some cittas perform many functions through many doors
- Bases and doors have different function
- Cittas and cetasikas arise on the same base
- What is the purpose of understanding