- The individual who goes with the flow,
- the individual who goes against the stream,
- the individual who stands fast, and
- the one who has crossed over, gone beyond, who stands on firm ground, a superior person.
|Hi. Rupert and I go with thee flow, lol.|
"Who is the individual who goes against the stream? In another case an individual does not indulge in sensual passions and does not do harmful deeds.
"Who is the individual who stands fast? In one case an individual, with the total abandoning and ending of the first five fetters, is due to be reborn [in the Pure Abodes], there to become enlightened and gain nirvana, never again to return [by rebirth to this world] from that world. This is the individual who stands fast.
|We go for guidance (sarana) to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha (Bugphai/flickr).|
|With compassion comes wisdom.|
"In this case an individual, by bringing about the end of the mental effluents (outflows), enters and remains in the taint-free liberation by wisdom, having known and made them manifest for oneself here and now.
"This is the individual who has crossed over, gone beyond, who stands on firm ground, a superior person.
"These are the four types of individuals that can be found existing in the world."
Summary in verse
Those unrestrained in sensual passions, not yet free of passions, indulging in sensuality, they return again and again to birth and aging -- seized by craving, going with the flow.
Thus an enlightened one, with mindfulness established here and now -- not indulging in sensuality and harm, though it may be with pain [of restraint] -- would abandon sensuality. They call such a person one who goes against the stream.
Whoever, having abandoned the first five defilements, is perfect in training, not liable to fall back, skilled in consciousness, with faculties composed: Such a person is one who stands fast.
|Even a person of 7-y.o. can become enlightened.|