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Aṅguttara Nikāya
Sattaka Nipāta
Dhana Vaggo

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sevens
Chapter I: Treasures

Sutta 3

Saṅkhitta Satta-Bala Suttaɱ

Powers in Brief

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[1][upal] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī,
at Jeta Grove, in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:


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

"Monks, these are the seven powers.

What seven?

The power of faith,
fear of blame,
and wisdom.[1]

Verily, monks, these are the seven.

Faith, energy, conscientiousness, fear of blame,
Mindfulness, concentration, wisdom seventh -
Well-armed with such the wise monk dwells at ease,
Tests Dhamma's moulding,[2] wisdom's goal discerns,
And, as a quenched flame,[3] is freed in heart.


[1] D. iii, 253; M. ii, 12; S. v, 193; Dh.S. trsl. 20; for other sets of powers, see below, pp. 150 and 241; cf. also D. iii, 229; A. ii, 141; iii, 10.

[2] S. i, 34, yoniso vicine dhammaɱ.

[3] D. ii, 157; A. i, 236; S. i, 159; Th. i, 906; ii, 116. Pajjotassa nibbānaɱ.

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