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Aṅguttara Nikāya
X. Dasaka-Nipāta
XI: Samaṇa-Saññā-Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
X. The Book of the Tens
XI: Ideas of a Recluse

Sutta 105

Vijjā Suttaɱ

By Knowledge[1]

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

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[1] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One said this:

"Monks, when ignorance leads the way,
by the reaching of states unprofitable,
shamelessness and recklessness
follow in its train.

In one who is swayed by ignorance
and is void of sense
wrong view springs up.

Wrong view gives rise to wrong thinking,
wrong thinking to wrong speech,
wrong speech gives rise to wrong action,
wrong action gives rise to wrong living,
wrong living gives rise to wrong effort,
wrong effort gives rise to wrong mindfulness,
wrong mindfulness gives rise to wrong concentration,
wrong concentration gives rise to wrong knowledge,
wrong knowledge gives rise to wrong release.[2]




But, monks, when knowledge leads the way,
by the attainment of profitable states
the sense of shame and self-restraint
follow in its train.

In one who is swayed by knowledge
and has good sense,
right view springs up.

Right view gives rise to right thinking,
right thinking to right speech,
right speech gives rise to right action,
right action gives rise to right living,
right living gives rise to right effort,
right effort gives rise to right mindfulness,
right mindfulness gives rise to right concentration,
right concentration gives rise to right knowledge,
right knowledge gives rise to right release.'


[1] Cf. K.S. v, i (without the last two items).

[2] Wrong release means that the method is wrong and the result illusory. One is deluded into thinking he has won the essential."

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