SN I.46 Acchara Sutta (Discourse Concerning the Celestial Park)- DhammaWeb Suttanta Pitaka > Samyutta Nikāya > Sagāthā Vagga (01 of 11) > I. Devata-samyutta(46 of 81) > Acchara Sutta (Discourse Concerning the Celestial Park)
SN I.46 Acchara Sutta (Discourse Concerning the Celestial Park)
Acchara Sutta ( Discourse Concerning the Celestial Park )
46. (The deva said:)
"That pleasure Garden called 'Delusion,' 'Mohana' (due to its deluding attractions), resounding with the music of a multitude of celestial maidens, the resort of a multitude of demons,1 Oh! how could one escape from it."
(The Bhagava said:)
"That Ariya Path is called the Straight Path. That direction (Nibbana) is called ' Direction out-of-harm's-reach.' That vehicle (of the Ariya Path of Eight constituents) fitted with the wheels of mental and physical effort is called the Silent Vehicle.2 "Shame (and moral dread) are its protective railing. Mindfulness is its panelling. The Ariya Path of Eight Constituents headed by Right View, I declare, is the charioteer.
"That woman or that man who possesses such a vehicle (the Ariya Path) can certainly get to Nibbana by that vehicle"
End of the Acchara Sutta,
the sixth in this vagga
1. demons: pisaca The deva who was making these remarks used this word to refer to the celestial maidens. He had been a bhikkhu in his previous existence. He died due to exhaustion while meditating day and night. At first he did not realize that he had become a deva. But on finding out that he was a deva, he felt frustrated because his principal aim had been to attain arahatship and not devahood. So the celestial maidens were to his mind demons
2. The Silent Vehicle: The Ariya Path of Eight Constituents is the silent vehicle in the sense that it works smoothly towards Insight.