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Saɱyutta Nikāya
5. Mahā-Vagga
48. Indriya Saɱyutta
1. Suddhika Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
5. The Great Chapter
48. Kindred Sayings on the Faculties
1. Purity

Sutta 1

Suddhika Suttaɱ


Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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[1] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,


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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these five controlling powers.[2]

What five?

The controlling power of faith,
the controlling power of energy,
the controlling power of mindfulness,
the controlling power of concentration,
the controlling power of insight.

These are the five controlling powers."


[1] Suddhikaṅ. Cf. supra, text 173 n. I borrow the title 'Puritan ' from K.S. i, 206.

[2] Indriyāni. Cf. K.S. ii, 114 ff. [Ed. ?] (as sense-faculties or functions), but here to be taken in a moral sense (see Pali Dict. s v.). They often correspond to the five powers (balāni); two, hiri and ottappa, are added to these five. Cf. D. iii, 253. The formula is clear enough when applied as at K.S. ii to sense-functions, which have to be abandoned as fetters. These powers are the spiritual antitheses of the five bodily senses, and the chief factors of enlightenment.

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