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Aṅguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka Nipāta
VI: Nīvaraṇa Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
VI: The Hindrances

Sutta 53

Padhāniy-Aṅga Suttaɱ

The Limbs

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[65] [53]

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

Once the Exalted One dwelt near Sāvatthī;
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park,
and there he addressed the monks, saying:


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

"Monks, there are these five limbs of striving.[1]

What five?

Herein, monks, a monk has faith,
he believes in the enlightenment of the Tathāgata:
"Of a truth he is the Exalted One,
fully enlightened,
abounding in wisdom and right,
the well-gone,
the world-knower,
the incomparable tamer of tamable men,
the teacher of devas and men,
the Buddha, the Exalted One";

he has health and wellbeing,
a good digestion,
which is neither over-cold
nor overheated,[2]
but even
and suitable for striving;

he is neither deceitful
nor a make-believe,
but declares himself to the Master
or to his wise fellows in the godly life
just as he really is;

he lives striving hard
to give up evil things,
and to hold to good things;
staunch and strong in effort,
he shirks not the burden of righteousness;

he has insight
and is endowed therewith
into the way of the rise and fall of things,
with Ariyan penetration
into the utter destruction of Ill.

These, monks, are the five limbs of striving.'


[1] This recurs at D. iii, 237; M. ii, 95, 128; A. v, 15; below V, § 135.

This is backwards. The expression 'x-shy' means one is shy, short, deficient, in the thing to which the '-shy' is referring. One is 'pee-shy' when one is unable to urinate when there are others present. Being 'cold-shy' would mean the digestion was insufficiently cold.

p.p. explains it all — p.p.

[2] Comy. observes that a digestion that is over-cold is 'cold-shy,' and similarly for the over-heated.

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