14: Posālamāṇavapucchā
The Young Man Posāla’s Questions


“Yo atītaṁ ādisati, icc-āyasmā Posālo,
“(To) the one who points out the past, said venerable Posāla,

anejo chinnasaṁsayo,
the unmoved one, who has cut off doubt,

pāraguṁ sabbadhammānaṁ atthi pañhena āgamaṁ: [137 (1112) 14-1]
who is perfect in everything, I have come in need with a question:


Vibhūta-rūpa-saññissa, sabba-kāyappahāyino,
For the one in whom perception of form has ended,

ajjhattañ-ca bahiddhā ca n' atthi kiñcī ti passato,
(who), on the inside and outside is seeing ‘there is nothing whatsoever’,This again refers to the sphere of nothingness (ākiñcaññāyatanaṁ).01

ñāṇaṁ Sakkānupucchāmi, kathaṁ neyyo tathāvidho?” [138 (1113) 14-2]
I ask about (his) knowledge, Sakyan, how is such a one led further?”


“Viññāṇaṭṭhitiyo sabbā, Posālā ti Bhagavā,
“All the stations of consciousness, Posāla, said the Fortunate One,

abhijānaṁ Tathāgato,
the Realised One knows,

tiṭṭhantam-enaṁ jānāti, adhimuttaṁ tapparāyaṇaṁ. [139 (1114) 14-3]
he knows where that one stands, what he is intent on, what he is going towards.


Ākiñcaññāsambhavaṁ ñatvā, nandi saṁyojanaṁ iti,
Having known the origin of nothingness, and that enjoyment is called a fetter,

evam-etaṁ abhiññāya, tato tattha vipassati:
knowing deeply that it is so, and then having insight into this:

etaṁ ñāṇaṁ tathaṁ tassa, brāhmaṇassa vusīmato” ti. [140 (1115) 14-4]
this is real knowedge for him, for the brahmin who is accomplished.”

Posālamāṇavapucchā niṭṭhitā
The Young Man Posāla’s Questions are Finished