Visuddhimagga IV-39

Puggalopi atiracchānakathiko sīlādiguṇasampanno, yaṃ nissāya asamāhitaṃ vā cittaṃ samādhiyati, samāhitaṃ vā cittaṃ thirataraṃ hoti, evarūpo sappāyo.

4)「人」── 不作无用谈论之人,具足戒等之德者,因他能使未得等持之心而得等持,或已得等持之心而得坚固,这是适当的。

Ñ(IV,39): 4. Person: one not given to aimless talk, who has the special qualities of virtue, etc., by acquaintanceship with whom the unconcentrated mind becomes concentrated, or the concentrated mind becomes more so, is suitable.

Kāyadaḷhībahulo pana tiracchānakathiko asappāyo.


Ñ: One who is much concerned with his body, who is addicted to aimless talk, is unsuitable;

So hi taṃ kaddamodakamiva acchaṃ udakaṃ malīnameva karoti, tādisañca āgamma koṭapabbatavāsīdaharasseva samāpattipi nassati, pageva nimittaṃ.


Ñ: for he only creates disturbances, like muddy water added to clear water. And it was owing to one such as this that the attainments of the young bhikkhu who lived at Koṭapabbata vanished, not to mention the sign. [128]

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