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Saŋyutta Nikāya,
V: MahāVagga
51. Iddhipāda Saŋyutta

Sutta 17

Dutiya Samaṇa-Brāhmaṇā or Vidhā or Iddhividha Suttaṃ

Variety

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1] I HEAR TELL:[1]

2. Whatsoever there were, beggars, of shaman and brahmin in the past,
who experienced not just one arrangement of the varieties of power, that is: —

Being one he also becomes many,
being many he also becomes one.

Manifest here, transported beyond notice,
transported through walls,
transported through fortifications unsticking,
he goes whithersoever as if in space.

He jumps into and out of the earth
as though in water;
goes on water without parting it
as though on solid ground.

He goes through space cross-legged like a bird on the wing.

He touches and feels with the hand the Moon and Sun, as great and powerful as they are.

He turns up in the body even in the Brahma world.

— All those did so having developed and made a big thing of the four power paths.

3. Whatsoever there will be, beggars, of shaman and brahmin in the future,
who will experienced not just one arrangement of the varieties of power, that is: —

Being one he also becomes many,
being many he also becomes one.

Manifest here, transported beyond notice,
transported through walls,
transported through fortifications unsticking,
he goes whithersoever as if in space.

He jumps into and out of the earth
as though in water;
goes on water without parting it
as though on solid ground.

He goes through space cross-legged like a bird on the wing.

He touches and feels with the hand the Moon and Sun, as great and powerful as they are.

He turns up in the body even in the Brahma world.

— All those will do so having developed and made a big thing of the four power paths.

4. Whatsoever there are, beggars, of shamanand brahmin here now,
who experience not just one arrangement of the varieties of power, that is: —

Being one he also becomes many,
being many he also becomes one.

Manifest here, transported beyond notice,
transported through walls,
transported through fortifications unsticking,
he goes whithersoever as if in space.

He jumps into and out of the earth
as though in water;
goes on water without parting it
as though on solid ground.

He goes through space cross-legged like a bird on the wing.

He touches and feels with the hand the Moon and Sun, as great and powerful as they are.

He turns up in the body even in the Brahma world.

— All those do so having developed and made a big thing of the four power paths.

What four?

6. 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.

7. Whatsoever there were, beggars, of shaman and brahmin in the past,
who experienced not just one arrangement of the varieties of power, that is: —

Being one he also becomes many,
being many he also becomes one.

Manifest here, transported beyond notice,
transported through walls,
transported through fortifications unsticking,
he goes whithersoever as if in space.

He jumps into and out of the earth
as though in water;
goes on water without parting it
as though on solid ground.

He goes through space cross-legged like a bird on the wing.

He touches and feels with the hand the Moon and Sun, as great and powerful as they are.

He turns up in the body even in the Brahma world.

— All those did so having developed and made a big thing of these four power paths.

8. Whatsoever there will be, beggars, of shaman and brahmin in the future,
who will experienced not just one arrangement of the varieties of power, that is: —

Being one he also becomes many,
being many he also becomes one.

Manifest here, transported beyond notice,
transported through walls,
transported through fortifications unsticking,
he goes whithersoever as if in space.

He jumps into and out of the earth
as though in water;
goes on water without parting it
as though on solid ground.

He goes through space cross-legged like a bird on the wing.

He touches and feels with the hand the Moon and Sun, as great and powerful as they are.

He turns up in the body even in the Brahma world.

— All those will do so having developed and made a big thing of these four power paths.

9. Whatsoever there are, beggars, of shamanand brahmin here now,
who experience not just one arrangement of the varieties of power, that is: —

Being one he also becomes many,
being many he also becomes one.

Manifest here, transported beyond notice,
transported through walls,
transported through fortifications unsticking,
he goes whithersoever as if in space.

He jumps into and out of the earth
as though in water;
goes on water without parting it
as though on solid ground.

He goes through space cross-legged like a bird on the wing.

He touches and feels with the hand the Moon and Sun, as great and powerful as they are.

He turns up in the body even in the Brahma world.

— All those do so having developed and made a big thing of these four power paths.

 


[1] No nidana, no indication that it is Gotama that is speaking.


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