#### Saɱyutta Nikāya

5. Mahā-Vagga

50. Bala Saɱyutta

1. Gaṅgā Peyyāla

#### The Book of the Kindred Sayings

5. The Great Chapter

50. Kindred Sayings on the Powers

1. Gaṅgā Repetition

#### Suttas 1-12

Translated by F. L. Woodward

Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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#### Sutta 1

#### Paṭhama Pācīna Suttaɱ

# Eastward (a)

[1] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,

saying:

"Monks."

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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these five powers.

Of what sort are the five?

They are:

The power of faith,

the power of energy,

the power of mindfulness,

the power of concentration,

the power of insight.

These are the five powers.

Just as, monks, the river Ganges

flows,

slides

and tends to the East,

even so a monk who cultivates

and makes much of

these five powers

flows,

slides,

tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating

and making much of

the five powers

does a monk flow,

slide

and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the power of faith

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the power of energy

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the power of mindfulness

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the power of concentration

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the power of insight

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,

thus making much of

the five powers

a monk flows,

slides

and tends to Nibbāna."

#### Sutta 2

#### Dutiya Pācīna Suttaɱ

# Eastward (b.1)

[2] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,

saying:

"Monks."

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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these five powers.

Of what sort are the five?

They are:

The power of faith,

the power of energy,

the power of mindfulness,

the power of concentration,

the power of insight.

These are the five powers.

Just as, monks, the river Yamunā

flows,

slides

and tends to the East,

even so a monk who cultivates

and makes much of

the five powers

flows,

slides,

tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating

and making much of

the five powers

does a monk flow,

slide

and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the power of faith

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the power of energy

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the power of mindfulness

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the power of concentration

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the power of insight

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,

thus making much of

the five powers

a monk flows,

slides

and tends to Nibbāna."

#### Sutta 3

#### Tatiya Pācīna Suttaɱ

# Eastward (b.2)

[3] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,

saying:

"Monks."

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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these five powers.

Of what sort are the five?

They are:

The power of faith,

the power of energy,

the power of mindfulness,

the power of concentration,

the power of insight.

These are the five powers.

Just as, monks, the river Acīravatī

flows,

slides

and tends to the East,

even so a monk who cultivates

and makes much of

the five powers

flows,

slides,

tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating

and making much of

the five powers

does a monk flow,

slide

and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the power of faith

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the power of energy

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the power of mindfulness

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the power of concentration

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the power of insight

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,

thus making much of

the five powers

a monk flows,

slides

and tends to Nibbāna."

#### Sutta 4

#### Catuttha Pācīna Suttaɱ

# Eastward (b.3)

[4] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,

saying:

"Monks."

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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these five powers.

Of what sort are the five?

The power of faith,

the power of energy,

the power of mindfulness,

the power of concentration,

the power of insight.

These are the five powers.

Just as, monks, the river Sarabhū

flows,

slides

and tends to the East,

even so a monk who cultivates

and makes much of

the five powers

flows,

slides,

tends to Nibbāna.

and making much of

the five powers

does a monk flow,

slide

and tend to Nibbāna?

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,

thus making much of

the five powers

a monk flows,

slides

and tends to Nibbāna."

#### Sutta 5

#### Pañcama Pācīna Suttaɱ

# Eastward (b.4)

[5] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,

saying:

"Monks."

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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these five powers.

Of what sort are the five?

The power of faith,

the power of energy,

the power of mindfulness,

the power of concentration,

the power of insight.

These are the five powers.

Just as, monks, the river Mahī

flows,

slides

and tends to the East,

even so a monk who cultivates

and makes much of

the five powers

flows,

slides,

tends to Nibbāna.

and making much of

the five powers

does a monk flow,

slide

and tend to Nibbāna?

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,

thus making much of

the five powers

a monk flows,

slides

and tends to Nibbāna."

#### Sutta 6

#### Chaṭṭha Pācīna Suttaɱ

# Eastward (c)

[6] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,

saying:

"Monks."

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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these five powers.

Of what sort are the five?

The power of faith,

the power of energy,

the power of mindfulness,

the power of concentration,

the power of insight.

These are the five powers.

Just as, monks, whatsoever great rivers there be,

such as the Ganges,

*Yamunā,
Acīravatī,
Sarabhū
and Mahī,*

all of them flow,

slide

and tend to the East,

even so a monk who cultivates

and makes much of

the five powers

flows,

slides,

tends to Nibbāna.

and making much of

the five powers

does a monk flow,

slide

and tend to Nibbāna?

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,

thus making much of

the five powers

a monk flows,

slides

and tends to Nibbāna."

§

#### Sutta 7

#### Paṭhama Samudda Suttaɱ

# Ocean (a)

[7] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,

saying:

"Monks."

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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these five powers.

Of what sort are the five?

The power of faith,

the power of energy,

the power of mindfulness,

the power of concentration,

the power of insight.

These are the five powers.

Just as, monks, the river Ganges

flows,

slides

and tends to the ocean,

even so a monk who cultivates

and makes much of

the five powers

flows,

slides,

tends to Nibbāna.

and making much of

the five powers

does a monk flow,

slide

and tend to Nibbāna?

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,

thus making much of

the five powers

a monk flows,

slides

and tends to Nibbāna."

#### Sutta 8

#### Dutiya Samudda Suttaɱ

# Ocean (b.1)

[8] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,

saying:

"Monks."

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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these five powers.

Of what sort are the five?

The power of faith,

the power of energy,

the power of mindfulness,

the power of concentration,

the power of insight.

These are the five powers.

Just as, monks, the river Yamunā

flows,

slides

and tends to the ocean,

even so a monk who cultivates

and makes much of

the five powers

flows,

slides,

tends to Nibbāna.

and making much of

the five powers

does a monk flow,

slide

and tend to Nibbāna?

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,

thus making much of

the five powers

a monk flows,

slides

and tends to Nibbāna."

#### Sutta 9

#### Tatiya Samudda Suttaɱ

# Ocean (b.2)

[9] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,

saying:

"Monks."

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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these five powers.

Of what sort are the five?

The power of faith,

the power of energy,

the power of mindfulness,

the power of concentration,

the power of insight.

These are the five powers.

Just as, monks, the river Acīravatī

flows,

slides

and tends to the ocean,

even so a monk who cultivates

and makes much of

the five powers

flows,

slides,

tends to Nibbāna.

and making much of

the five powers

does a monk flow,

slide

and tend to Nibbāna?

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,

thus making much of

the five powers

a monk flows,

slides

and tends to Nibbāna."

#### Sutta 10

#### Catuttha Samudda Suttaɱ

# Ocean (b.3)

[10] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,

saying:

"Monks."

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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these five powers.

Of what sort are the five?

The power of faith,

the power of energy,

the power of mindfulness,

the power of concentration,

the power of insight.

These are the five powers.

Just as, monks, the river Sarabhū

flows,

slides

and tends to the ocean,

even so a monk who cultivates

and makes much of

the five powers

flows,

slides,

tends to Nibbāna.

and making much of

the five powers

does a monk flow,

slide

and tend to Nibbāna?

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,

thus making much of

the five powers

a monk flows,

slides

and tends to Nibbāna."

#### Sutta 11

#### Pañcama Samudda Suttaɱ

# Ocean (b.4)

[11] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,

saying:

"Monks."

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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these five powers.

Of what sort are the five?

The power of faith,

the power of energy,

the power of mindfulness,

the power of concentration,

the power of insight.

These are the five powers.

Just as, monks, the river Mahī

flows,

slides

and tends to the ocean,

even so a monk who cultivates

and makes much of

the five powers

flows,

slides,

tends to Nibbāna.

and making much of

the five powers

does a monk flow,

slide

and tend to Nibbāna?

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,

thus making much of

the five powers

a monk flows,

slides

and tends to Nibbāna."

#### Sutta 12

#### Chaṭṭha Samudda Suttaɱ

# Ocean (c)

[12] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,

saying:

"Monks."

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

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these five powers.

Of what sort are the five?

The power of faith,

the power of energy,

the power of mindfulness,

the power of concentration,

the power of insight.

These are the five powers.

Just as, monks, whatsoever great rivers there be,

such as the Ganges,

*Yamunā,
Acīravatī,
Sarabhū
and Mahī,*

all of them flow,

slide

and tend to the East,

even so a monk who cultivates

and makes much of

the five powers

flows,

slides,

tends to Nibbāna.

and making much of

the five powers

does a monk flow,

slide

and tend to Nibbāna?

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

based on seclusion,

on dispassion,

on cessation,

which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,

thus making much of

the five powers

a monk flows,

slides

and tends to Nibbāna."