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L In freedom the knowledge came to be: I am freed; and I comprehended that birth was destroyed, brought to a close the Brahma-faring, done what was to be done, and that there was no more of being such or such. ~ This, Brahmin, was the third knowledge attained by me in the third watch of that night; ignorance was dispelled, knowledge arose, darkness was dispelled, light arose even as I abided diligent, ardent, self-resolute. nanda is speaking: '""rhere is, householder, one thing (dhamma) pointed out by 1 the Lord who knows and sees, Arahant, perfect Buddha, whereby if a monk abide diligent, ardent, self-resolute, his J At M.
At Vm. i. 1 and Ud. 1, the Conditioned Genesis is 5ald to have been mastered during the tirst watch of this night. The T eachiflg of the Elders holding a right view, incurring karma consequent on a right view-these at the breaking up of the body after dying have arisen in a good bourn, a heaven world. Thus with the purified deva-like vision . . I comprehended that beings were mean, excellent ... according to the consequences of their kanna. This, Brahmin, was the second knowledge attained by me in the middle watch of that night; ignorance was dispelled ...
Yes, headman," answered the Lord. "But does the Lord teach Dhamma in full to some, but not likewise to others? " "Now, what do you think, headman? Suppose a farmer had three fields, one excellent, one mediocre, and one poor with bad soil. When he wanted to sow the seed, which field would he sow first? " "He would sow the excellent one, then the mediocre one. When he had done that, he might or might not sow the poor one with the bad soil. And why? " "In the same way, headman, my monks and nuns are like the excellent field.