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

Sutta 31

Moggallāna Suttaṃ

Moggallāna

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time Bhagava, Savatthi-town revisiting.

2. There then The Lucky Man addressed the beggars:

3. What is it, do you think, begggars,
that was developed,
made a big thing of by bhikkhu Moggallano,
that he is such an advanced being of such great power?

For us bhante, things are best restsorted to rooted in the Lucky Man, channeled through Bhagava.

It would be good, bhante, if further explanation of this point were given by the Lucky Man.

That which is said by the Lucky Man will be held in memory by the beggars.

Listen up then beggars!

4. Four then, beggars,
are the power-paths that were developed,
made a big thing of by bhikkhu Moggallano,
that he is such an advanced being of such great power.

Which four?

5. Here beggars, the bhikkhu Moggallano
develops the power-path
that is wish-serenity-connected-exertion-own-making thus:

"Let my energy not be too sluggish,
not be too unrestrained,
not be inwardly cramped,
not be scattered abroad."

He lives after-before-perceiving:

As before so after
as as after so before.

As above, so below,
as below, so above.

As by day, so by night,
as by night, so by day.

Thus with clear thinking,
disentangled thinking,
his heart becomes radiant.

6. He develops the power-path
that is energy-serenity-connected-exertion-own-making thus:

"Let my energy not be too sluggish,
not be too unrestrained,
not be inwardly cramped,
not be scattered abroad."

He lives after-before-perceiving:

As before so after
as as after so before.

As above, so below,
as below, so above.

As by day, so by night,
as by night, so by day.

Thus with clear thinking,
disentangled thinking,
his heart becomes radiant.

7. He develops the power-path
that is heart-serenity-connected-exertion-own-making thus:

"Let my energy not be too sluggish,
not be too unrestrained,
not be inwardly cramped,
not be scattered abroad."

He lives after-before-perceiving:

As before so after
as as after so before.

As above, so below,
as below, so above.

As by day, so by night,
as by night, so by day.

Thus with clear thinking,
disentangled thinking,
his heart becomes radiant.

8. He develops the power-path
that is investigation-serenity-connected-exertion-own-making thus:

"Let my energy not be too sluggish,
not be too unrestrained,
not be inwardly cramped,
not be scattered abroad."

He lives after-before-perceiving:

As before so after
as as after so before.

As above, so below,
as below, so above.

As by day, so by night,
as by night, so by day.

Thus with clear thinking,
disentangled thinking,
his heart becomes radiant.

9. These then, beggars,
are the four power-paths that were developed,
made a big thing of by bhikkhu Moggallano,
that he is such an advanced being of such great power.

10. It is because he has thus developed, beggars,
thus made a big thing of,
the four power-paths,
that the beggar Moggalana
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.

11. And further, beggars, it is because he has thus developed,
thus made a big thing of the four power-paths,
that through his own higher knowledge bhikkhu Moggallana experienced
the destruction of the corrupting influences,
and without corrupting influences,
in this seen thing,
enters into and lives
in freedom of heart,
freedom of wisdom.


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