The Easy, Direct Path to Liberation

I love this sutta. And I love this translation. It is a succinct and inspiring blueprint for how morality leads to samadhi which leads to liberation. There may be other ways to reach liberation, but note how clearly the path goes from tranquility to liberation. Not the other way around. If your meditation is painful, consider a different strategy!

‘Monks, one who is virtuous need not wish: “May I be free from remorse.” It is natural that the virtuous are free from remorse.

‘One who is free from remorse need not wish: “May I be glad.” It is natural that in one free from remorse, gladness arises.

‘One who is glad need not wish: “May I feel rapture.” It is natural that one who is glad feels rapture.

‘One who feels rapture need not wish: “May my body be tranquil.” It is natural that one who feels rapture has a tranquil body.

‘One whose body is tranquil need not wish: “May I feel bliss.” It is natural that one whose body is tranquil feels bliss.

‘One who is blissful need not wish: “May my mind be concentrated in samādhi.” It is natural that one who is blissful has samādhi.

‘One who has samādhi need not wish: “May I know & see in line with reality.” It is natural that one who has samādhi knows & sees in line with reality.

‘One who knows & sees in line with reality need not wish: “May I be repulsed.” It is natural that one who knows & sees is repulsed.

‘One who is repulsed need not wish: “May lust fade away.” It is natural that lust fades away in one who is repulsed.

‘One whose lust has faded away need not wish: “May I witness the knowledge & vision of release.” It is natural that one whose lust has faded away witnesses the knowledge & vision of release…

‘Thus, monks, dhammas flow on to and fulfill dhammas for crossing over from the near to the far shore.’

​—​ AN 11.2, translated by Bhikkhu Sujtato

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