15. Ābhā Vagga
The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
Chapter XV: Splendour
Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.
 Thus have I heard:
On a certain occasion the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:
"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:
"Monks, there are these four essences.
The essence of virtue,
the essence of concentration,
the essence of wisdom,
the essence of release.
These are the four essences."