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Saŋyutta Nikāya,
V: MahāVagga
51. Iddhipāda Saŋyuttam
IV. Gaŋgā-peyyalī

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
V: The Great Chapter
51: Kindred Sayings on the Bases of Psychic Power
Chapter IV: Gangā-Repetition

Suttas 33-44

Translated by F. L. Woodward

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Sutta 33

Ganges — Flowing and Sliding to Eastward

[33.1][olds] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

Just as, monks, the river Ganges
flows to the East,
slides to the East,
tends to the East,
even so a monk,
by cultivating the four bases of psychic power,
making much of the four bases of psychic power,
flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbana.

And how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend
to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
energy,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

That is how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
a monk flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbāna'

 


 

Sutta 34

Yamunā — Flowing and Sliding to Eastward

[34.1][olds] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

Just as, monks, the river Yamunā
flows to the East,
slides to the East,
tends to the East,
even so a monk,
by cultivating the four bases of psychic power,
making much of the four bases of psychic power,
flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbana.

And how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend
to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
energy,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

That is how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
a monk flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbāna'

 


 

Sutta 35

Acīravatī — Flowing and Sliding to Eastward

[35.1][olds] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

Just as, monks, the river Acīravatī
flows to the East,
slides to the East,
tends to the East,
even so a monk,
by cultivating the four bases of psychic power,
making much of the four bases of psychic power,
flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbana.

And how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend
to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
energy,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

That is how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
a monk flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbāna'

 


 

Sutta 36

Sarabhū — Flowing and Sliding to Eastward

[36.1][olds] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

Just as, monks, the river Sarabhū
flows to the East,
slides to the East,
tends to the East,
even so a monk,
by cultivating the four bases of psychic power,
making much of the four bases of psychic power,
flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbana.

And how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend
to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
energy,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

That is how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
a monk flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbāna'

 


 

Sutta 37

Mahī — Flowing and Sliding to Eastward

[37.1][olds] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

Just as, monks, the river Mahī
flows to the East,
slides to the East,
tends to the East,
even so a monk,
by cultivating the four bases of psychic power,
making much of the four bases of psychic power,
flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbana.

And how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend
to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
energy,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

That is how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
a monk flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbāna'

 


 

Sutta 38

Ganges, Yamunā, Acīravatī, Sarabhū, Mahī — Flowing and Sliding to Eastward

[38.1][olds] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

Just as, monks, the river Ganges, Yamunā, Acīravatī, Sarabhū, Mahī
flows to the East,
slides to the East,
tends to the East,
even so a monk,
by cultivating the four bases of psychic power,
making much of the four bases of psychic power,
flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbana.

And how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend
to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
energy,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

That is how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
a monk flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbāna'

 


 

Sutta 39

Ganges — Flowing and Sliding to the Ocean

[39.1][olds] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

Just as, monks, the river Ganges
flows to the Ocean,
slides to the Ocean,
tends to the Ocean,
even so a monk,
by cultivating the four bases of psychic power,
making much of the four bases of psychic power,
flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbana.

And how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend
to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
energy,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

That is how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
a monk flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbāna'

 


 

Sutta 40

Yamunā — Flowing and Sliding to the Ocean

[40.1][olds] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

Just as, monks, the river Yamunā
flows to the Ocean,
slides to the Ocean,
tends to the Ocean,
even so a monk,
by cultivating the four bases of psychic power,
making much of the four bases of psychic power,
flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbana.

And how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend
to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
energy,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

That is how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
a monk flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbāna'

 


 

Sutta 41

Acīravatī — Flowing and Sliding to the Ocean

[41.1][olds] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

Just as, monks, the river Acīravatī
flows to the Ocean,
slides to the Ocean,
tends to the Ocean,
even so a monk,
by cultivating the four bases of psychic power,
making much of the four bases of psychic power,
flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbana.

And how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend
to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
energy,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

That is how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
a monk flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbāna'

 


 

Sutta 42

Sarabhū — Flowing and Sliding to the Ocean

[42.1][olds] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

Just as, monks, the river Sarabhū
flows to the Ocean,
slides to the Ocean,
tends to the Ocean,
even so a monk,
by cultivating the four bases of psychic power,
making much of the four bases of psychic power,
flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbana.

And how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend
to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
energy,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

That is how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
a monk flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbāna'

 


 

Sutta 43

Mahī — Flowing and Sliding to the Ocean

[43.1][olds] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

Just as, monks, the river Mahī
flows to the Ocean,
slides to the Ocean,
tends to the Ocean,
even so a monk,
by cultivating the four bases of psychic power,
making much of the four bases of psychic power,
flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbana.

And how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend
to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
energy,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

That is how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
a monk flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbāna'

 


 

Sutta 44

Ganges, Yamunā, Acīravatī, Sarabhū, Mahī — Flowing and Sliding to the Ocean

[44.1][olds] THUS have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

Just as, monks, the river Ganges, Yamunā, Acīravatī, Sarabhū, Mahī
flows to the Ocean,
slides to the Ocean,
tends to the Ocean,
even so a monk,
by cultivating the four bases of psychic power,
making much of the four bases of psychic power,
flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbana.

And how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend
to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
energy,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

That is how cultivating,
how making much of
the four bases of psychic power
a monk flows,
slides
and tends
to Nibbāna'


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