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Sutta Nipata V.2


Tissa-metteyya's Questions

here in the world
is contented?
has no agitations?
    What thinker
knowing both sides,
doesn't adhere in between?
do you call a great person?
    Who here
has gone past
the seamstress:
The Buddha:
    He who
in the midst of sensualities,
follows the holy life,
always mindful, craving-free;
    the monk who is
-- through fathoming things --
he has no agitations. He,
the thinker
knowing both sides,
doesn't adhere in between. He
I call a great person. He
here has gone past
the seamstress:


AN VI.61 reports a discussion among several elder monks as to what is meant in this poem by "both sides" and "in between." Six of the elders express the following separate opinions:

The issue is then taken to the Buddha, who states that all six interpretations are well-spoken, but the interpretation he had in mind when speaking the poem was the first.
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