Homage to the Blessed One, the Worthy One, the Highest Self—Enlightened One!
Translated from Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Published: 2015-02-26 — Updated: 2019-03-28 — History
The Miracle of Telepathy
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“And what is the miracle of telepathy? There is the case where a monk reads the minds, the mental events, the thoughts, the ponderings of other beings, other individuals, [saying,] ‘Such is your thinking, here is where your thinking is, thus is your mind.’”
“Then someone who has faith (saddha) and conviction in him sees him reading the minds... of other beings... He reports this to someone who has no faith and no conviction, telling him, ‘Isn’t it awesome. Isn't it astounding, how great the power, how great the prowess of this contemplative. Just now I saw him reading the minds... of other beings...’”
“Then the person without faith, without conviction, would say to the person with faith and with conviction: ‘Sir, there is a charm called the Manika charm by which the monk read the minds... of other beings...’ What do you think, Kevatta — isn’t that what the man without faith, without conviction, would say to the man with faith and with conviction?”
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“Yes, lord, that’s just what he would say.”
“Seeing this drawback to the miracle of telepathy, Kevatta, I feel horrified, humiliated, and disgusted with the miracle of telepathy.”