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Saŋyutta Nikāya,
V: MahāVagga
51. Iddhipāda Saŋyutta
III. Ayoguḷa-vaggo

Sutta 29

Paṭhama Sambahula Bhikkhu Suttaṃ

A Congregation of Beggars 1

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time Bhagava, Savatthi-town revisiting.

2. There then a congregation of bhikkhus approached The Lucky Man and drew near.

Drawing near Bhagava and giving salutation they took seats to one side.

Seated to one side then, those beggars said this to the Lucky Man:

What, then, bhante, is power?

What is the path to power?

What is the development of the power-paths?|| ||

What is the path going to the development of the power paths?

3. Here beggars, a beggar experiences not just one of the various sorts of power:

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.

This, beggars, is what is called 'power'.

4. And what, beggars, is the path to power?

Whatever way, beggars, whatever path-tracking results in gaining power, gaining power acquisition —

This, beggars, is called 'the path to power'.

5. And what, beggars, is the development of the power-paths?

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

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

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

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

This, beggars, is what is called 'the development of the power-paths.'

6. And what, beggars, is the path going to the development of the power-paths?

It is this very Aristocratic Eight-dimensional Way, that is to say:

High view,
high principles,
high talk,
high works,
high lifestyle,
high self-control,
high memory,
high serenity.

This, beggars, is what is called the path going to the development of the power-paths.


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