Visuddhimagga VII-48

Apica bhagavā visuddhasīlādīnaṃ paṭhamajjhānādīni sotāpannādīnañca uttari maggapaṭipadaṃ ācikkhanto dantepi dametiyeva.


Ñ(VII,48): Then the Blessed One moreover further tames those already tamed, doing so by announcing the first jhāna, etc., respectively to those whose virtue is purified, etc., and also the way to the higher path to stream-enterers, and so on.

Atha vā anuttaro purisadammasārathīti ekamevidaṃ atthapadaṃ.


Ñ: Or alternatively, the words incomparable leader of men to be tamed can be taken together as one clause.

Bhagavā hi tathā purisadamme sāreti, yathā ekapallaṅkeneva nisinnā aṭṭha disā asajjamānā dhāvanti.


Ñ: For the Blessed One so guides men to be tamed that in a single session they may go in the eight directions [by the eight liberations] without hesitation.

Tasmā anuttaro purisadammasārathīti vuccati.


Ñ: Thus he is called the incomparable leader of men to be tamed.

‘‘Hatthidamakena, bhikkhave, hatthidammo sārito ekaṃyeva disaṃ dhāvatī’’ti idañcettha suttaṃ (ma. ni. 3.312) vitthāretabbaṃ.


Ñ: And the following sutta passage should be given in full here: 'Guided by the elephant-tamer, bhikkhus, the elephant to be tamed goes in one direction ...' (M.iii, 222).

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