The Way to the Beyond

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8: Hemaka's Questions

“Those who explained things to me in the past, before Gotama's teaching, saying ‘it was so, and so it will be’, all that was just hearsay, all that just increased my thoughts, and I did not find delight therein. You must explain the Teaching to me, Sage, and the destruction of craving, which, having understood, and living mindfully, one can cross over clinging to the world.” [109-110]

“In regard to likeable forms seen, heard, sensed, and cognized, Hemaka, the dispelling of desire and passion for them - this is the undying Nibbāna. Knowing this, those who are mindful, who are EmancipatedAbhinibbutā.01 in this very life, those who are always peaceful, have crossed over clinging to the world.” [111-112]