Akankheyya Sutta, Fulfillment of Noble Desires, Majjhima Nikaya 6

The name of the Sutta

The literal translation of the name of the Sutta is “If anyone desires”. The Buddha explains the essence of right effort to realize non-egoistic desires. Regardless of the nobility of these desires, the Buddha speaks of them not as the goals, on which the mind of the seekers should be focused, but as the natural stages of purification of consciousness. Even the three Super-knowledges (of past lives, future reincarnations and the knowledge of eliminating hindrances and consciousness impurities) appear as the result of the impassive practicing of the Path.

The way of fulfillment of noble desires

The Buddha tells his disciples that the fulfillment of noble desires occurs due to the high morality, removal of oversights by behavior purification and vigilance to the smallest misconducts.

Description of the noble desires

  • Desire to be pleasant to fellow Sangha companions, to be one who is joyfully supported when necessary;
  • Desire to be able to give blessings to those who support the Sangha with food and other material means; desire that the dead relatives be able to firmly remember you after death, and that, by this remembrance, the deceased could attain good destiny;
  • Desire to control one’s own dissatisfaction, and subdue fear and horror in oneself;
  • Desire to have deep insight and easy concentration;
  • Desire to be freed from the chains of samsara, to be reborn in the Pure Abodes, and to attain nibbana;
  • Desire to develop miraculous powers and knowledge: the power of the subtle form, clairvoyance, clairaudience, knowledge of the minds of other beings, knowledge of past incarnations, knowledge of future rebirths, knowledge of the removal of mental obstacles and impurities.

Vladimir Pyatsky and Smadar Pyatsky
Translation: Natalia Tsimbler