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Moreover, it is clear from those discourses in which the Buddha assails such theories that they shared, from his point of view, certain common characteristics. They were all theories of the Self (Sanskrit a¯tman), though the term used for that indwelling personal principle might have differed from Knowledge of the self At issue was the peculiarly yogic conception of knowledge. For the knowledge of the Self promulgated in such systems was radically different from other sorts of knowledge. From the yogic point of view the knower (the Self) is identical with the known (the Self), and these in turn are identical with the knower’s frame of mind.

Even the abstract early Buddhist account of them cannot disguise that they are not, like the Absorptions, a general description of meditation appropriate to any number of specific meditation theories, objectives, and techniques. They are rather bound to some specific view of the topography of the unseen world. And this is not surprising, for once 33 To the awakening ‘one-pointedness’. These four Absorptions were eventually to play a having resolutely set aside the world of everyday experience such a meditator was likely to supply himself with a map of the territory he had now entered.

Here there is no necessity for meditation, nor for the application of introspective knowledge, though the theory probably did hold, as Jainism does, that knowledge, indeed omniscience, would miraculously result from the successful prosecution of such asceticism. So after leaving Uddaka Ra ¯maputta, the yogic teacher, the Buddha turned to self-mortification, and the canonical discourses leave no doubt about the sincerity of his efforts in this direction. He stopped breathing completely, so that ‘violent winds racked my head .

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