Udāna 6: Jaccandhavaggo
The Chapter (including the Discourse) about the Congenitally Blind

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3: The Discourse about Reflecting

 

Thus I heard:
at one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Sāvatthī, in Jeta's Wood, at Anāthapiṇḍika's monastery.

Then at that time the Gracious One was sitting reflecting on his own abandonment of countless bad, unwholesome things, and how through development countless wholesome things had come to fulfilment.

Then the Gracious One, having understood the significance of it, on that occasion uttered this exalted utterance:

“Before it was, then it wasn't; before it wasn't, then it was;
It was not, and it will not be, and at present it is not found.” To paraphrase in line with the Commentary: Before Awakening there was defilement, then it was not; before the moment of Awakening that measureless, faultless thing (the Path) was not fulfilled, then it was; the moment of the Noble-Path was not before Awakening, and will not be in the future, and at present it is not found, being a one-time unrepeatable experience.01