This came to me in email today:
The venerable Todeyya once asked the Blessed Buddha:
"One who has cooled all sense desire, cut all craving, and overcome all doubts,
is there any higher release for him?"
"In whom no sensual pleasures dwell, Todeyya, said the Blessed One, and for
whom no craving exists, and who has crossed over all doubts, for such one is
there no other higher release..." Todeyya then further asked:
"Is he without longings, or is he hoping? Does he possess final understanding,
or is he still seeking understanding? Please explain this to me, Sakyan with
universal vision, so that I may recognize a true sage."
"He is without longings, he is not hoping for anything. He does indeed possess
complete understanding. He is not searching for anything. In this very way,
Todeyya, recognize the sage: He possesses nothing, he is neither attached to
any form of sense pleasure, nor to any form of existence. He is all silenced!"
Sutta-Nipāta 1088-91 Edited excerpt.