Without Clothes

Acela (SN 41.9)

1. It happened in Macchikasanda.

2. At that time Acela Kassapa, a lay associate of the householder Citta arrived in Macchikasanda.

3. The householder Citta heard that his earlier lay associate had arrived in Macchikasanda. Then the householder Citta approached Acela Kassapa exchanged friendly greetings and sat on a side.

4. The house holder Citta, sitting on a side said to Acela Kassapa: “Venerable sir, for how many years have you led the holy life?”

“Householder, I led the holy life for about thirty years.”

5. “Venerable sir, in these thirty years have you attained some noble vision above human, some freedom from trouble?”

“Householder, in these thirty years I have not attained any noble vision above human, some freedom from trouble, other than nudity, a shaven head and a set of tools to pull out hairs.”

6. When this was said, the householder Citta said to Acela Kassapa: “Wonderful and surprising is this well declared Teaching that in these thirty years you have not attained some noble vision above human, some freedom from trouble, other than nudity, a shaven head and a set of tools to pull out hairs.”

7. “Householder, for how long have you been a lay disciple?”

“Venerable sir, I too have been a lay disciple for thirty years”

8. “Householder, in these thirty years have you attained some noble vision above human, some freedom from trouble?”

“Venerable sir, when desired I seclude the mind from sensuality and demerit and with reasoning and investigating and with pleasant joy born from seclusion, abide in the first high stage of mind. Venerable sir, when desired I overcome reasoning and investigating and without reasoning and investigating and with pleasant joy born from concentration abide in the second high stage of mind. Venerable sir, when desired with equanimity to joy and impartiality  re  abide in the third high stage of mind. Venerable sir, when desired I dispel pleasant and unpleasant states and  re fourth high stage of mind. Venerable sir, if I pass away before the passing away of the Blessed One, it is no wonder, he would declare, `the householder Citta has not those bonds binding him to this world to return here.'.”

9. When this was said Acela Kassapa said to the householder Citta: “Wonderful and surprising is this well declared Teaching that a lay disciple wearing white clothes should attain these noble visions above human, this freedom from trouble. I should gain the going forth and the higher ordination in this dispensation.”

10. Then the householder Citta approached the elder monks with Acela Kassapa and said to them: “Venerable sirs, this is an earlier co-associate of mine. May the elder monks give him the going forth and the higher ordination. I will attend on him offering robes, morsel food, dwellings and requisites when ill.”

11. Acela Kassapa obtained the going forth and the higher ordination in this dispensation and venerable Kassapa withdrawing from the crowd and abiding diligent to dispel with time attained the noble end of the holy life here and now and abode. Sons of clansmen rightfully go forth from the household realize it by themselves and abide. He knew birth is destroyed, the holy life is lived to the end, duties are done, there is nothing more to wish.

12. Venerable Kassapa became a worthy one.

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