The Discourse about the Noble Search

[6. The Awakening]

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Then, monks, still searching for what was wholesome, the unsurpassed, noble and peaceful state, while walking gradually on walking tour I entered Magadha, and arrived at the Army town at Uruvelā.

There I saw a delightful piece of land, and a pleasing jungle thicket, with a clear river flowing and lovely banks, and nearby a village suitable for collecting alms.

Then, monks, this occurred to me: ‘Delightful is this piece of land, with its pleasing jungle thicket, and a clear river flowing and lovely banks, and it is near a village suitable for collecting alms.

I thought: ‘This is surely enough for the striving of a son of a good family who is seeking to strive.’ Then, monks, I sat down right there, thinking: ‘This is enough for striving.’

Then, monks, being myself subject to birth, after understanding the danger in being subject to birth, while seeking the birthless, supreme, secure Nibbāna, I attained the birthless, supreme, secure Nibbāna,

being myself subject to old-age, after understanding the danger in being subject to old-age, while seeking the ageless, supreme, secure Nibbāna, I attained the ageless, supreme, secure Nibbāna,

being myself subject to sickness, after understanding the danger in being subject to sickness, while seeking the sickless, supreme, secure Nibbāna, I attained the sickless, supreme, secure Nibbāna,

being myself subject to death, after understanding the danger in being subject to death, while seeking the deathless, supreme, secure Nibbāna, I attained the deathless, supreme, secure Nibbāna,

being myself subject to grief, after understanding the danger in being subject to grief, while seeking the griefless, supreme, secure Nibbāna, I attained the griefless, supreme, secure Nibbāna,

being myself subject to defilements, after understanding the danger in being subject to defilements, while seeking the undefiled, supreme, secure Nibbāna, I attained the undefiled, supreme, secure Nibbāna.

To me knowledge and insight arose:

Sure is my liberation of mind,
this is my last birth,
now there is no continuation of existence.