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DIAMOND SUTRA - Chapter 8. One Who has Entered, Once Returner, Never-Returner, and One Who is Fully Enlightened

Tat kim manyase Subhute, api nu srotaapannasyaivam bhavati: Maya srotaapatti-phalam praptam iti? Subhutir aha: No hidam Bhagavan, na srotaapannasyaivam bhavati: Maya srotaapatti-phalam praptam iti. Tat kasya hetoh? Na hi sa Bhagavan kamcid dharmam apannah. Tenocyate srotaapanna iti. Na rupam apanno na sabdan na gandhan na rasan na sprastavyan na dharman apannah. Tenocyate srotaapanna iti. Saced Bhagavan srotaapannasyaivam bhaven: Maya srotaapatti-phalam praptam iti, sa eva tasya-atma-graho bhavet sattva-graho jiva-grahah pudgala-graho bhaved iti. Bhagavan aha: Tat kim manyase Subhute, api nu sakrdagamina evam bhavati: Maya sakrdagami-phalam praptam iti? Subhutir aha: No hidam Bhagavan, na sakrdagamina evam bhavati: Maya sakrdagami-phalam praptam iti. Tat kasya hetoh? Na hi sa kascid dharmo yah sakrdagamitvam apannah. Tenocyate sakrdagami-iti. Bhagavan aha: Tat kim manyase Subhute, api nv anagamina evam bhavati: Maya-anagami-phalam praptam iti? Subhutir aha: No hidam Bhagavan, na-anagamina evam bhavati: Maya-anagami-phalam-praptam iti. Tat kasya hetoh? Na hi sa Bhagavan kascid dharmo yo'nagamitvam apannah. Tenocyate'nagami-iti. Bhagavan aha: Tat kim manyase Subhute, api nv arhata evam bhavati: Maya-arhattvam praptam iti? Subhutir aha: No hidam Bhagavan, na-arhata evam bhavati: Maya-arhattvam praptam iti. Tat kasya hetoh? Na hi sa Bhagavan kascid dharmo yo'rhan nama. Tenocyate' rhann iti. Saced Bhagavan arhata evam bhaven: Maya-arhattvam praptam iti, sa eva tasya-atma-graho bhavet sattva-graho jiva-grahah pudgala-graho bhavet. Tat kasya hetoh? Aham asmi Bhagavams Tathagatena-arhata samyaksambuddhena-arana-viharinam agryo nirdistah. Aham asmi Bhagavann arhan vitaragah. Na ca me Bhagavann evam bhavati: Arhann asmy aham vitaraga iti. Sacen mama Bhagavann evam bhaven: Maya-arhattvam praptam iti, na mam Tathagato vyakarisyad: Arana-viharinam agryah Subhutih kulaputro na kvacid viharati, tenocyate'rana-vihary arana-vihari-iti.
The Lord asked: What do you think, Subhuti, does it occur to the Streamwinner, 'by me has the fruit of a Streamwinner been attained'? Subhuti replied: No indeed, O Lord. And why? Because, O Lord, he has not won any dharma. Therefore is he called a Stream-winner. No sight-object has been won, no sounds, smells, tastes, touchables, or objects of mind. That is why he is called a 'Streamwinner'. If, O Lord, it would occur to a Streamwinner, 'by me has a Streamwinner's fruit been attained', then that would be in him a seizing on a self, seizing on a being, seizing on a soul, seizing on a person. The Lord asked: What do you think, Subhuti, does it then occur to the Once-Returner, 'by me has the fruit of a Once-Returner been attained'? Subhuti replied: No indeed, O Lord. And why? Because there is not any dharma that has won Once-Returnership. That is why he is called a 'Once-Returner'. The Lord asked: What do you think, Subhuti, does it then occur to the Never-Returner 'by me has the fruit of a Never-Returner been attained'? Subhuti replied: No indeed, O Lord. And why? Because there is not any dharma that has won Never Returnership. Therefore is he called a 'Never-Returner'. The Lord asked: What do you think, Subhuti, does it then occur to the Arhat, 'by me has Arhatship been attained'? Subhuti: No indeed, O Lord. And why? Because no dharma is called 'Arhat'. That is why he is called an Arhat. If, O Lord, it would occur to an Arhat. 'by me has Arhatship been attained', then that would be in him a seizing on a self, seizing on a being, seizing on a soul, seizing on a person. And why? I am, O Lord, the one whom the Tathagata, the Arhat, the Fully Enlightened One has pointed out as the foremost of those who dwell in Peace. I am, O Lord, an Arhat free from greed. And yet, O Lord, it does not occur to me, 'an Arhat am I and free from greed'. If, O Lord, it could occur to me that I have attained Arhatship, then the Tathagata would not have declared of me that 'Subhuti, this son of good family, who is the foremost of those who dwell in Peace, does not dwell anywhere; that is why he is called "a dweller in Peace, a dweller in Peace"'.

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