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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka Nipāta
I: Sekha-Bala Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
I: The Learner's Powers

Sutta 2

The powers in detail

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1][olds][than][bodh] 'Monks, these are the five powers of a learner.

What five?

The power of faith,
of conscientiousness,
of fear of blame,
of energy and
of insight.

These, monks, are the five powers of a learner.

And what, monks, is the power of faith?

[2] Herein, monks, the Ariyan disciple has faith and believes in the enlightenment of the Tathāgata:
"Of a truth he is the Exalted One,
arahant,
fully enlightened,
abounding in wisdom and right,
the well-gone,
the world-knower,
the incomparable tamer of tamable men,
the teacher of devas and men,
the Buddha, the Exalted One."

This, monks, is called the power of faith.

And what, monks, is the power of conscientiousness?

Herein, monks, the Ariyan disciple is conscientious;
he feels conscientious scruple when acting wrongly in deed, word and thought;
on entering on evil and wrong states.

This, monks, is called the power of conscientiousness.

And what, monks, is the power of the fear of blame?

Herein, monks, the Ariyan disciple is afraid of blame;
he is afraid of the blame that comes when acting wrongly in deed, word and thought;
on entering on evil and wrong states.

This, monks, is called the power of the fear of blame.

And what, monks, is the power of energy?

Herein, monks, the Ariyan disciple, abiding in active energy, puts away all wrong things and takes to right things;
steadfast and strenuous, he shirks not the burden of right things.

This, monks, is called the power of energy.

And what, monks, is the power of insight?

Herein, monks, the Ariyan disciple has insight;
he is endowed with insight into the way of growth and decay,
with Ariyan penetration of the way to the utter destruction of Ill.

This, monks, is called the power of insight.

These, monks, are the five powers of a learner.

Wherefore, monks, ye should train yourselves thus:

We will become possessed of the learner's power called the power of faith;
we will become possessed of the learner's power called the power of conscientiousness;
we will become possessed of the learner's power called the power of fear of blame;
we will become possessed of the learner's power called the power of energy;
we will become possessed of the learner's power called the power of insight.

Thus train ye yourselves, monks.'


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