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The king said: ‘He who will not be reborn [one who is enlightened], Nâgasena does he still feel any painful sensation?’ The Elder replied: ‘Some he feels and some not.’ ‘Which are they?’ ‘He may feel bodily pain, O king; but mental pain he would not’ ‘How would that be so?’ ‘Because the causes, proximate or remote, of bodily pain still continue, he would be liable to it. But the causes, proximate or remote, of mental agony having ceased, he could not feel it. For it has been said by the Blessed One: “One kind of pain he suffers, bodily pain: but not mental.”’
From "365 Buddha: Daily Meditations," edited by Jeff Schmidt. Reprinted by arrangement with Tarcher/Putnam, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.