Animitto Sutta: The Signless
translated from the Pali by
Maurice O'Connell Walshe
The Pali title of this sutta is based on the PTS (Feer) edition.
 [The Ven. Moggallaana has described how, with the aid of the Buddha, he has passed through all the jhaanas right up to the "sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception."]
"Then, friends, I thought: 'The signless concentration of the heart, the signless concentration of the heart, they say — now what is that?'
"Then I thought: 'In this a monk, paying no attention to any distinguishing signs, enters on and dwells in that concentration of the heart which is without signs. This is called "The signless concentration of heart."'
"Then, friends, paying no attention to any distinguishing signs, I entered on and dwelt in that concentration of the heart which is without signs. But as I dwelt thus, the consciousness-conforming-to-signs arose.
"And then, friends, the Blessed One came to me by his powers and said: 'Moggallaana, Moggallaana, Brahman, do not slacken off in the signless concentration, make your mind steady, make the mind one-pointed, concentrate your mind in the signless concentration!'
"And after that, friends, paying no attention to any distinguishing signs, I entered on and dwelt in the signless concentration of the heart.
"Now, friends, if anyone were to truly declare: 'Through the Teacher's compassion the disciple gained great super-knowledge,' he could rightly declare this of me."