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Saɱyutta Nikāya,
V: Mahā-Vagga
51. Iddhipāda Saɱyutta
III. Ayoguḷa-vaggo

Sutta 28

Dutiya Ānanda Suttaɱ

Ānanda 2

Translated from the Pali

 


 

[1][pts] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time Bhagava, Sāvatthi-town revisiting.

2. There then the Elder Ānanda approached The Lucky Man and drew near.

Drawing near Bhagava and giving salutation he took a seat to one side.

Seated to one side then, the Bhagava said this to the elder Ānanda:

What, then, Ānanda, is power?

What is the path to power?

What is the development of the power-paths?|| ||

What is the path going to the development of the power paths?

For us bhante, things are best restsorted to rooted in the Lucky Man, channeled through Bhagava.

It would be good, bhante, if further explanation of this point were given by the Lucky Man.

That which is said by the Lucky Man will be held in memory by the beggars.

In that case, Ānanda, listen well,
give over your mind
to what I say.

Even so, bhante, the elder Ānanda then said to The Lucky Man in response.

Then the Lucky Man said this:

3. Here Ānanda, a beggar experiences not just one of the various sorts of power:

Being one he also becomes many,
being many he also becomes one.

Manifest here, transported beyond notice,
transported through walls,
transported through fortifications unsticking,
he goes whithersoever as if in space.

He jumps into and out of the earth
as though in water;
goes on water without parting it
as though on solid ground.

He goes through space cross-legged like a bird on the wing.

He touches and feels with the hand the Moon and Sun, as great and powerful as they are.

He turns up in the body even in the Brahma world.

This, Ānanda, is what is called 'power'.

4. And what, Ānanda, is the path to power?

Whatever way, Ānanda, whatever path-tracking results in gaining power, gaining power acquisition —

This, Ānanda, is called 'the path to power'.

5. And what, Ānanda, is the development of the power-paths?

Here, Ānanda, a beggar develops the power-path
that is wish-serenity-connected-exertion-own-making,

he develops the power-path
that is energy-serenity-connected-exertion-own-making,

he develops the power-path
that is heart-serenity-connected-exertion-own-making,

he develops the power-path
that is investigation-serenity-connected-exertion-own-making.

This, Ānanda, is what is called 'the development of the power-paths.'

6. And what, Ānanda, is the path going to the development of the power-paths?

It is this very Aristocratic Eight-dimensional Way, that is to say:

High view,
high principles,
high talk,
high works,
high lifestyle,
high self-control,
high memory,
high serenity.

This, Ānanda, is what is called the path going to the development of the power-paths.


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