You will remember some time I asked for help about the reference on how the
Buddha and the gods know what we are doing (not the exact words, though).
I had actually made the reference in a book in wrote in 1991 (Charisma in
Buddhism)! Happily I discovered this while writing a new paper on a similar
subject, "The Teacher of the Teaching? Charisma and self-empowerment".
Here is the reference for those who share my momentary anguish in search of it:
There is in the world no secret of one who does an evil deed.
You yourself, O human, know what is true and what is false!
Alas! My friend, you, the witness, look down upon your own goodness!
How can you hide the evil that there is in the self from the self?
The devas and the Tathaagatas [Buddhas thus come] see the fool
living falsely in the world.
Therefore the self-regarding one [who takes self as lord]
(attaadhipaka) should live mindfully;
Let the world-regarding one [who takes the world as lord]
(lokâdhipaka) be wise [in guarding the mind] and meditate.
For whom the Dharma is lord (dhammâdhipaka), one following the
Teaching, let him be a (silent) sage striving for the truth.
The one who strives, having conquered Maara [the evil one] and
overcome death [the end-maker], wins the end of birth!
Such a one is wise, knower of worlds, the (silent) sage, unshaped
by anything in anyway (sabbesu dhammesu
(A 1:149 f; cf A 1:213 f, 4:252; Dh 178)
Line c proves a bit of a challenge: "kalyaa.na.m vata bho sakkhi attaana.m
pariguuhasi". I'm not sure if there are more who agree than disagree with
my translation above.
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