“That Is Not My Self”

Evaṃ me sutaṃ — ekaṃ samayaṃ bhagavā sāvatthiyaṃ viharati jetavane anāthapiṇḍikassa ārāme.  Atha kho bhagavā pubbaṇhasamayaṃ nivāsetvā pattacīvaramādāya sāvatthiṃ piṇḍāya pāvisi. Āyasmāpi kho rāhulo pubbaṇhasamayaṃ nivāsetvā pattacīvaramādāya bhagavantaṃ piṭṭhito piṭṭhito anubandhi. atha kho bhagavā apaloketvā āyasmantaṃ rāhulaṃ āmantesi — “yaṃ kiñci, rāhula, rūpaṃ — atītānāgatapaccuppannaṃ ajjhattaṃ vā bahiddhā vā oḷārikaṃ vā sukhumaṃ vā hīnaṃ vā paṇītaṃ vā yaṃ dūre santike vā — sabbaṃ rūpaṃ ‘netaṃ mama, nesohamasmi, na meso attā’ti evametaṃ yathābhūtaṃ sammappaññāya daṭṭhabban”ti. “rūpameva nu kho, bhagavā, rūpameva nu kho, sugatā”ti? “rūpampi, rāhula, vedanāpi, rāhula, saññāpi, rāhula, saṅkhārāpi, rāhula, viññāṇampi, rāhulā”ti.

Here’s how I heard it:  One time the Blessed One was living in Sāvatthi, at Jeta’s Park in the monastery built for him by Anāthapiṇḍika. In the morning the Blessed One got dressed in yellow monks robes, took his bowl and went to Sāvatthi for alms. The Venerable Rahula  got dressed in his robes, got his bowl and ran off to follow the Blessed One.  And the Blessed One looked back at the Ven. Rahula  and called to him:

“Rahula, whatever has form – past, future or present, internal or external, obvious or subtle, despicable or excellent, far or near – all forms should truly be  fully seen and understood  in this way: ‘That is not me, that is not mine, that is not my self.’ ”

“Really, just forms, Blessed One?  Really, just forms, Happy One?”

“Forms, Rahula; and sensations, Rahula; and perceptions, Rahula; and mental formations, Rahula; and consciousness, Rahula.”

Maharahulovada Sutta, MN 62 v. 113111117_two-monks-and-a-woman

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