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Saɱyutta Nikāya
5. Mahā-Vagga
48. Indriya Saɱyutta
2. Mudatara Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
5. The Great Chapter
48. Kindred Sayings on the Faculties
2. In A Less Degree

Sutta 12

Paṭhama Saṅkhitta Suttaɱ

In Brief (a)

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.

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, monks, are the five controlling powers.




By the completion and fulfilment, monks,
of these five controlling powers
one is Arahant.

By having them in a less degree,[1]
one is a non-returner.

Having them in a still less degree,
one is a once-returner.

By having them in a less degree than that,
one is a stream-winner.

By having them in a still less degree,
one is a Norm-follower.[2]

If one have these five controlling powers
in a still less degree than that, he is
'one who walks by faith.'"[3]


[1] Comy. tehi indriyehi. Cf. Dialog. iii, 100, for the ascendmg degrees.

[2] Saddh'ānusāārin, 'he studies and asks questions and enters later on.' Dhamm'ānusārin, 'after one or two hearings of the Truth, be enters the Way.' Comy. Cf. Pts. of Contr. 149.

[3] One who has nothing at all of these controlling powers is an outsider, one of the common herd (puthujjana). See below, § 8.

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