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Involvement —Bhikkhu Sujato

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6. Involvement

53. Involvement

1.1At Sāvatthī.

1.2“Mendicants, if you’re involved, you’re not free. If you’re not involved, you’re free.

1.3As long as consciousness remains, it would remain involved with form, supported by form, founded on form. And with a sprinkle of relishing, it would grow, increase, and mature.

1.4Or consciousness would remain involved with feeling …

1.5Or consciousness would remain involved with perception …

1.6Or as long as consciousness remains, it would remain involved with choices, supported by choices, grounded on choices. And with a sprinkle of relishing, it would grow, increase, and mature.

2.1Mendicants, suppose you say: 2.2‘Apart from form, feeling, perception, and choices, I will describe the coming and going of consciousness, its passing away and reappearing, its growth, increase, and maturity.’ That is not possible.

3.1If a mendicant has given up greed for the form element, 3.2the support is cut off, and there is no foundation for consciousness.

3.3If a mendicant has given up greed for the feeling element …

3.4perception element …

3.5choices element …

3.6consciousness element, 3.7the support is cut off, and there is no foundation for consciousness. 3.8Since that consciousness does not become established and does not grow, with no power to regenerate, it is freed.

3.9Being free, it’s stable. Being stable, it’s content. Being content, they’re not anxious. Not being anxious, they personally become extinguished.

3.10They understand: ‘Rebirth is ended, the spiritual journey has been completed, what had to be done has been done, there is no return to any state of existence.’”