Acharanga Bhasyam: Sūtras 67-69 : The Dhūta Of Attenuation Of The Body

Published: 11.04.2011
Updated: 02.07.2015

6.67 āgayapaṇṇāṇāṇnaṃ kisā bāhā bhavaṃti, payaṇueya maṃsasoṇie.

Endowed with perfect knowledge, the monks have lean arms and very little flesh and blood.

Bhāṣyaṃ Sūtra 67

'Endowed'[1] means heard from the instructions of others or realized by oneself. 'Perfect knowledge' means knowledge that has been brought to excellence or intuition. According to the Cūrni, this perfect knowledge is only a variety of empirical knowledge.[2] It is not direct perception by the soul. In this way, those who have acquired the perfect knowledge achieve new knowledge. While repeating the old knowledge and pondering over their self by constant practice of study and other kinds of austerities, their arms become lean and thin and their flesh and blood become meagre. The leanness of the arms indicate the emaciation of the body.[3]

6.68 visseṇiṃ kaṭṭu, pariṇṇāe.

By his wisdom of equality, he severs worldly stairs that is clinging.

Bhāṣyaṃ Sūtra 68

'Stairs' means the staircase for ascending or descending a place. The clinging to the body is the stairs to worldly life. The monk possessed of perfect knowledge destroys the stairs by means of his comprehension of equality and wanders about as an ascetic.

6.69 esa tiṇṇe mutte virae viyāhie tti bemi.

Such monk is said to have crossed the world, be liberated and detached - thus do I say.

Bhāṣyaṃ Sutra 69

Such monk on account of his crossing the ocean of clinging has been designated as 'one who has crossed the ocean of mundane existence'. As one who is liberated from karmic bondage, he is designated as 'liberated'. Detached from non-restraint, he is designated as 'detached'.


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