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Saŋyutta Nikāya,
V: MahāVagga
51. Iddhipāda Saŋyutta

Sutta 2

Failing to Undertake

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time Bhagava, Savatthi-town revisiting, Anathapindika's Jeta-forest park.

2. Whoever, beggars,
fails to undertake the four power-paths,
also fails to undertake
the Aristocratic Way
to the consummate destruction of pain.

Whoever, beggars,
undertakes the four power-paths,
also undertakes
the Aristocratic Way
to the consummate destruction of pain.

What four?

3. Here beggars, a beggar develops the power-path
that is wish-serenity-connected-exertion-own-making,

develops the power-path
that is energy-serenity-connected-exertion-own-making,

develops the power-path
that is heart-serenity-connected-exertion-own-making,

develops the power-path
that is investigation-serenity-connected-exertion-own-making.

These then, beggars,
are the four power paths,
which failing to undertake
are also the failure to undertake
the Aristocratic Way
to the consummate destruction of pain.

These then, beggars,
are the four power paths,
which undertaking
are also the undertaking of
the Aristocratic Way
to the consummate destruction of pain.


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