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Anguttara Nikāya
Sattaka Nipāta Chapter VI: The Unexplained

The Book of the
Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sevens

Sutta 57

The Seven

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[1] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī, at Jeta Grove, in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park; and there he addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

'Yes, lord,' they replied;
and the Exalted One said:

'Monks, holding fast[1] to seven things,
a monk may,
on destroying the cankers,
enter and abide in the cankerless mind-emancipation,
wisdom-emancipation,
here and now,
realizing it himself by his own knowledge.

What seven?

Herein, monks, a monk is full of faith,
virtuous,
learned,
lives secluded,
has initial energy,[2]
is mindful,
is wise.

Verily, monks, holding fast to these seven things,
a monk may,
on destroying the cankers,
enter and abide in the canker-less mind-emancipation,
wisdom-emancipation,
here and now,
realizing it himself by his own knowledge.

 


[1] Dhammehi samannāgato: gone along with what ought to be held.

[2] Āraddhaviriya, see G.S. iii, 238, n. 2[Our n. 3] (where for ārādheti read, ārabhati). Cf. below, p. 217, viriyaɱ ārabhati.

 


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