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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 18

Paṭipanna 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.

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.

If one have them in a less degree,
he is practising to realize the fruits of Arahantship.

By having them in a less degree
one is a non-returner.

By having them in a less degree,
he is a once-returner.

By having them in a less degree,
he is a stream-winner.

By having them in a less degree,
he is a Norm-follower.

By having them in a less degree,
he is 'one who walks by faith.'

But, monks, he in whom these five controlling powers
are in every way,
wholly and utterly absent,
of such an one I say
'he is an outsider,
one who stands in the ranks of the many-folk.'[1]


[1] For these phrases cf. infra, text 397.

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