No Identical Identity
Exists neither Internally, nor Externally!
At the time of Buddha Gotama Ven. Khemaka
I do not regard any form as 'This I Am' or 'I am' as if 'inside' any form,
do I regard 'This I Am' as 'apart from' any form or as if 'outside' any form!
I do not regard any feeling, perception or mental construction as 'This I Am'
or 'I am' as if 'inside' any feeling, perception or mental construction, nor do
I regard 'This I Am' as 'apart from' any feeling, perception or mentally made
construction or as if 'outside' any feeling, perception or mental construction!
I do not regard any consciousness as 'This I Am' or 'I am' as if 'inside' any
consciousness, nor do I regard 'This I Am' as 'apart from' any consciousness
or as if 'outside' any consciousness ... !
Yet, although this notion, this conception, this assuming, this conceiving,
imagination, this mental fermentation, this false reference 'I Am' has not yet
vanished in me, still I do not consider anything neither internal, nor external,
neither among these five clusters, nor apart from the five clusters as:
nor as "This I Am", nor as "This is My Self"... !
When a Noble Disciple keeps contemplating the momentary arising & ceasing,
the change, the becoming otherwise, the decay, fading & vanishing, and the
conditioned & dependent emergence of these
five clusters of clinging, then
the subtle residual desire for 'identification', the remaining 'Ego'-conceit, &
the lingering & latent tendency to suppose 'I Am', not yet eliminated comes to
be uprooted! Thereby do the toxic traces of destructive Egoism all evaporate..
This - in itself - is release, is relinquishment, is liberation, is
Khemaka Thera: An Arahat. Once, when he lay very ill at
Kosambī, some monks, staying at the
Ghositārāma, sent Dāsaka, with a
message to Khemaka, inquiring whether he managed to bear his pains.
Dāsaka returned with the reply that he did not; he was sent again to
Khemaka had seen the self in the five khandhas; when Dāsaka returned
the answer that he had not, he was sent a third time to ask whether
was an arahant. "No," came the answer, and Dāsaka had to visit him a
time with the inquiry, What did Khemaka mean by self?
In exasperation Khemaka came himself to Ghositārāma and explained
even when the Noble Disciple has put away the
five lower fetters, there still
clings to him a subtle remnant of the "I" conceit. As a result of
sermon Khemaka himself and sixty others became Arahats right on the
Source of inspiration:
This Elder Lion Ven. Khemaka thereby Awakened 60 Theras
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya III 127-32
Free Text here:
PS: If one does not get either
slightly thrilled or slightly dizzy by reading
this exposition, one has probably not understood its sublime