Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Who and How are the 7 kinds of noble persons?

Who and How are the 7 kinds of Noble Persons?

There are seven types of noble persons existing in the world. What seven?

1: The one freed both ways
2: The one freed by understanding
3: The body-witness
4: The one having won view & vision
5: The one freed by faith
6: The striver after Dhamma
7: The striver after faith

And how is the person freed Both Ways?
As to this some person is abiding, having directly experienced with both body and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, & having seen by understanding all his mental fermentations are utterly eliminated. He is freed both ways and has done what should be done. He can therefore never become negligent ever again…

And how is the person freed by Understanding?
As to this some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body & mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, yet having seen by understanding all his mental fermentations are utterly destroyed. He is freed by understanding and has done what should be done. He can therefore never become negligent ever again…

And how is the person who is a Body-Witness?
As to this some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body & mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, yet having seen by understanding only some of his mental fermentations are fully annihilated. He is a body-witness & he has still something to do. If he trains hard, lives remote with good friends, and balances his abilities, then he may realize here & now, by his own super-knowledge, that matchless goal of the Noble Life for which young men of good family go forth into homelessness, entering into & remaining in it, he might dwell in the bliss of that sublime fruit.

And how is the person who has Won View & Vision?
As to this some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and having seen by understanding only some of his mental fermentations are utterly eradicated. However, those things explained by the Tathagata are fully understood and fully practiced by him. He has won view & vision, but has still something to do. If he trains hard … then he might come to dwell in the sublime fruit.

And how is the person who is Freed by Faith?
As to this some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and having seen by understanding only some of his mental fermentations are utterly eradicated. But his faith in the Tathagata is settled, fixed, genuine, & established. This is called a person, who is Freed by Faith, but he has still something to do. If he trains hard … then he might come to dwell in the sublime fruit.

And how is the person who is Striving for Dhamma?
As to this some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and although having seen some by understanding his mental fermentations are not yet utterly destroyed! Furthermore: All those things explained by the Tathagata are still only moderately approved of and practiced by him… However, he possesses the ability of faith, energy, awareness, concentration, & understanding.
This is called the person, who is striving for Dhamma, but he has still something to do .If he trains hard … then he might come to dwell in the sublime fruit.

And how is the person who is Striving after Faith?
As to this, some person is abiding, without having directly experienced with both body and mind those peaceful mental releases, which are formless, and although having seen some by understanding his mental fermentations are not yet utterly destroyed, but he has enough faith
in the Tathagata, enough affection to develop the ability of faith, energy, awareness, concentration, & understanding. This is called the person, who is striving out of Faith, but he has still something to do. If he trains hard … then he might come to dwell in the supreme fruit in the future.

I do not say that the attainment of profound knowledge suddenly comes straightaway!
Rather; gaining final knowledge is achieved gradually by study, training, practice, & steady progress...

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