Kayasakkhi Sutta: Bodily Witness
"'Bodily witness, bodily witness,' it is said. To what extent is one described by the Blessed One as a bodily witness?"
"There is the case, my friend, where a monk, withdrawn from sensuality, withdrawn from unskillful qualities, enters & remains in the first jhana: rapture & pleasure born from withdrawal, accompanied by directed thought & evaluation. He remains touching with his body in whatever way there is an opening there[see AN 9.35]. It is to this extent that one is described by the Blessed One as a bodily witness, though with a sequel.
"Kāyasakkhi kāyasakkhī" ti āvuso vuccati, kittāvatā nu kho āvuso kāyasakkhi vutto bhagavatāti.
Idhāvuso bhikkhu vivicceva kāmehi vivicca akusalehi dhammehi savitakkaṃ savicāraṃ vivekajaṃ pītisukhaṃ paṭhamaṃ jhānaṃ upasampajja viharati. Yathā yathā ca tadāyatanaṃ tathā tathā naṃ kāyena phassitvā viharati. Ettāvatāpi kho āvuso kāyasakkhi vutto bhagavatā pariyāyena.
Gavi Sutta: The Cow
"When a monk enters & emerges from that very attainment, his mind is pliant & malleable. With his pliant, malleable mind, limitless concentration is well developed. With his concentration well developed & limitless, then whichever of the six higher knowledges he turns his mind to know & realize, he can witness them for himself whenever there is an opening.
Yato kho bhikkhave bhikkhu taṃ tadevasamāpattiṃ samāpajjatipi vuṭṭhāti pi. Tassa muduṃ cittaṃ hoti kammaññaṃ,mudunā citte kammaññena appamāṇo samādhi hoti subhāvito. So appamāṇena samādhinā subhāvitena yassa yassa abhiññāsacchikaraṇīyassa dhammassa cittaṃ abhininnāmeti abhiññāsacchikiriyāya. Tatra tatreva sakkhibhabbataṃ pāpuṇāti sati sati āyatane.
2. Kāyasakkhīsuttaṃ -- Body Witness (link)
"Friend, it is said, 'body witness,' for what is it said body witness by The Blessed One?"
"Here, friend, the bhikkhu secluding the mind from sensual desires ... re ... abides in the first higher state of the mind. Whatever there is in that state of the mind, he abides experiencing them with the body. Friend, mastering this much, it is body witness," said The Blessed One.
4. Gāvī -- upamāsuttaṃ -- Comparable to a Cow (link)
Bhikkhus, when the bhikkhu abides in that attainment and rises from it his mind becomes gentle, workable, his concentration becomes immeasurable and well-developed. The well-developed and concentrated mind, he directs for the realization of knowledge and mindfulness in that mental sphere, becomes the eye-witness for the respective knowledge.
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