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Sa'nyutta Nikaaya,
V: MahaaVagga
51. Iddhipaada Sa'nyutta
II. Paasaadakampana-vaggo dutiyo

Kindred Sayings on the Bases of Psychic Power
V: The Great Chapter
Chapter II: The Shaking of the Terraced House

Sutta 18

Bhikkhu Sutta.m

Monk

Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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[1][olds]THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Saavatthii.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, it is by cultivating
and making much of
four bases of psychic power
that a monk,
by the destruction of the aasavas,
realizes even in this very life
by his own unaided powers
the heart's release,
the release by insight
which is free from the aasavas,
and having won it
dwells therein.

What are the four?

"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.

Monks, it is by cultivating
and making much of
these four bases of psychic power
that a monk,
by the destruction of the aasavas,
realizes even in this very life
by his own unaided powers
the heart's release,
the release by insight
which is free from the aasavas,
and having won it
dwells therein.


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