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Saŋyutta Nikāya,
V: MahāVagga
51. Iddhipāda Saŋyutta

Chapter V
Suttas 45-54

Caution

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

Sutta 45

Tathāgata

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time, The Lucky Man, Sāvatthī-town, residing,
Jeta Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

2. Whatsoever beings, beggars
— footless, two-footed, four-footed, many-footed, visible or invisible,
with perception or without perception or neither-perceiving-nor-not-perceiving —
of these, the Tathāgata, arahant, Number-one-self-awakened-one,
is declared the topmost.

In the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

Of the beggar who is careful, beggars,
the resulting expectation is that he will develop,
will make a big thing
of the four power-paths.

And how, beggars, does a careful beggar develop,
make a big thing of the four power paths?

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.

This is how, beggars, a careful beggar develops the four power-paths,
makes a big thing of the four power-paths.

 


 

Sutta 46

The Foot

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

2. Just as, beggars,
of all the characteristics of feet
of those that walk on feet
are found in the elephant's foot,
and of footprints
the elephant's is declared the topmost,
that is, in terms of size,
in the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

In the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

Of the beggar who is careful, beggars,
the resulting expectation is that he will develop,
will make a big thing of the four power-paths.

And how, beggars,
does a careful beggar develop,
make a big thing of the four power paths?

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.

This is how, beggars, a careful beggar develops the four power-paths,
makes a big thing of the four power-paths.

 


 

Sutta 47

The Roof-peak

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

2. Just as, beggars,
in peaked-roof buildings
all roof-beams converge at the peak,
incline towards the peak,
are found together at the peak
and the peak is declared the topmost,
in the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

In the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

Of the beggar who is careful, beggars,
the resulting expectation is that he will develop,
will make a big thing of the four power-paths.

And how, beggars, does a careful beggar develop, make a big thing of the four power paths?

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.

This is how, beggars, a careful beggar develops the four power-paths,
makes a big thing of the four power-paths.

 


 

Sutta 48

Root

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

2. Just as, beggars,
of root-scents,
black sandalwood is declared the topmost,
in the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

In the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

Of the beggar who is careful, beggars,
the resulting expectation is that he will develop,
will make a big thing of the four power-paths.

And how, beggars, does a careful beggar develop, make a big thing of the four power paths?

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.

This is how, beggars, a careful beggar develops the four power-paths,
makes a big thing of the four power-paths.

 


 

Sutta 49

Heartwood

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

2. Just as, beggars,
of heartwood scents,
the scent of the red sandalwood is declared the topmost,
in the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

In the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

Of the beggar who is careful, beggars,
the resulting expectation is that he will develop,
will make a big thing of the four power-paths.

And how, beggars, does a careful beggar develop, make a big thing of the four power paths?

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.

This is how, beggars, a careful beggar develops the four power-paths,
makes a big thing of the four power-paths.

 


 

Sutta 50

Jasmine

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

2. Just as, beggars,
of flower scents,
the scent of the jasmine flower is declared the topmost,
in the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

In the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

Of the beggar who is careful, beggars,
the resulting expectation is that he will develop,
will make a big thing of the four power-paths.

And how, beggars, does a careful beggar develop, make a big thing of the four power paths?

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.

This is how, beggars, a careful beggar develops the four power-paths,
makes a big thing of the four power-paths.

 

§

 

Sutta 51

Kings

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

2. Just as, beggars,
all paper-kings are subject to a Wheel-turning king,
and of kings,
the Wheel-turning king is declared the topmost,
in the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

In the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

Of the beggar who is careful, beggars,
the resulting expectation is that he will develop,
will make a big thing of the four power-paths.

And how, beggars, does a careful beggar develop, make a big thing of the four power paths?

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.

This is how, beggars, a careful beggar develops the four power-paths,
makes a big thing of the four power-paths.

 


 

Sutta 52

Moon

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

2. Just as, beggars,
the light of whatever starry bodies there are
is not a sixteenth part of the light of the moon,
and the light of the moon is declared the topmost,
in the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

In the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

Of the beggar who is careful, beggars,
the resulting expectation is that he will develop,
will make a big thing of the four power-paths.

And how, beggars, does a careful beggar develop, make a big thing of the four power paths?

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.

This is how, beggars, a careful beggar develops the four power-paths,
makes a big thing of the four power-paths.

 


 

Sutta 53

Sun

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

2. Just as, beggars,
in the clear, cloudless days of autumn
the sun rising up in the darkness of space
shines forth, blazes up, and lights the sky,
in the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

In the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

Of the beggar who is careful, beggars,
the resulting expectation is that he will develop,
will make a big thing of the four power-paths.

And how, beggars, does a careful beggar develop, make a big thing of the four power paths?

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.

This is how, beggars, a careful beggar develops the four power-paths,
makes a big thing of the four power-paths.

 


 

Sutta 54

Cloth

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

2. Just as, beggars,
of whatever woven cloths there are,
the cloth of Kasi-town is declared the topmost
in the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

In the same way, beggars,
all skillful things are rooted in caution,
converge in caution,
and caution is the thing declared the topmost.

Of the beggar who is careful, beggars,
the resulting expectation is that he will develop,
will make a big thing of the four power-paths.

And how, beggars, does a careful beggar develop, make a big thing of the four power paths?

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.

This is how, beggars, a careful beggar develops the four power-paths,
makes a big thing of the four power-paths.


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