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A'nguttara Nikaaya
Pa~ncaka Nipaata
VII: Sa~n~naa Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
VII: Thoughts

Sutta 67

Pa.thama Iddhipaada Sutta.m

Psychic Power (a)

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One dwelt near Saavatthii;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

'Monks,[1] whatsoever monk or nun
make five things become,
make an increase in five things,
unto such
one of two fruits may be expected:
either gnosis here now or,
being with some substrate left,
the state of a Non-returner.

What five?

Monks,[2] herein a monk
makes become the psychic power
which embraces desire-to-do,
combined with concentration and resolution;

makes become the psychic power
which embraces energy,
combined with concentration and resolution;

makes become the psychic power
which embraces thought,
combined with concentration and resolution;

makes become the psychic power
which embraces investigation,
combined with concentration and resolution;

and fifthly,
just exertion.[3]

Monks, whatsoever monk or nun
makes these five things become,
makes an increase in these five things,
unto such
one of two fruits may be expected:
either gnosis here now or,
being with some substrate left,
the state of a Non-returner.'

 


[1] This is a stock opening; Cf. below V, Ii 122; D. ii, 314; M. i, 63; S. v, 129; A. v, 108; It. 39; Sn. p. 140. On a~n~naa, gnosis, see Brethr., p. xxxiii.

[2] For references see D. iii, 221; K.S. v, 225 ff. S.e. has 'pe' between the terms.

[3] Usso.lhi. Comy. adhimatta-viriya, extraordinary energy.


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