How does one Tumble Down the Abyss?
Once, a certain not very well-known Bhikkhu asked the Blessed
What is the steepest & most frightening
abyss for downfall?
Buddha then pointed out:
Bhikkhu: All those ascetics & priests, who do not understand as it really is:
This is the End of Suffering;
This is the Way leading to the End of Suffering,
they delight in forming
intentions, that lead to birth, aging, death, sorrow, lamentation, pain,
& despair. Delighting in forming such intentions, they generate & accumulate
intentional mental constructions, that indeed induce & set off rebirth, aging,
death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief & despair. Unaware of having thus
produced their own painful future, they tumble down the abyss of rebirth,
aging, & death, tumble down the abyss of sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief,
and they tumble down the abyss of utter despair. They are therefore not
freed from this rebirth, aging, death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief &
not freed from despair... I tell you: They are not freed from Suffering!
However those ascetics & priests who do understand the
4 Noble Truths
they do not
delight in forming intentions, and therefore do they neither
generate nor accumulate intentional mental constructions inducing rebirth,
aging, death, sorrow, pain, grief & despair. They are freed from rebirth!
I tell you: They are thereby freed from all future Suffering whatsoever!
Any intention that accumulates as the kammic cause of future rebirth,
thereby also includes the cause of future mortality & thus Suffering!
Source (edited extract):
Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:449-50]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 42: The Abyss ...