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III. Tika Nipāta
V. Cūḷa Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
More-Numbered Suttas

III. The Book of the Threes
V. The Minor Section

Sutta 49

Ātappa-Karaṇīya Suttaɱ

Ardent Energy

Translated from the Pali by
F.L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1][bodh][than] Thus have I heard:

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

Then he addressed the monks, saying:


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

The Exalted One said this:

"Monks, on three occasions
ardent energy is to be exerted.

What three?

To prevent the arising of evil,
unprofitable states
not yet arisen:
to cause the arising of good,
profitable states
not yet arisen:
to endure the bodily feelings
that have arisen,
feelings which are painful,
and unwelcome,
which drain the life away.

These are the three occasions
ardent energy is to be exerted.

Now when a monk exerts himself
on these three occasions,
he is called
and mindful
for making an end of Ill.'"

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