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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Catukka Nipāta
XXVI: Abhiññā Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
Chapter XXVI: Higher Knowledge

Sutta 251

Abhiññā Suttaɱ

Higher Knowledge

Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," they replied,
and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these four states.

What four?

There are states to be comprehended by higher knowledge,
states to be abandoned by higher knowledge,
states to be made more of by higher knowledge
and states to be realized by higher knowledge.

 

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And of what sort, monks, are the states
to be comprehended by higher knowledge?

The five factors of grasping.

These, monks, are called
"states to be comprehended by higher knowledge."

And of what sort, monks, are the states
to be abandoned by higher knowledge?

Ignorance and the craving for becoming.

These, monks, are called
"states to be abandoned by higher knowledge."

And of what sort, monks, are the states
to be made more of by higher knowledge?

Calm and insight.

These, monks, are called
"states to be made more of by higher knowledge."

And of what sort, monks, are the states
to be realized by higher knowledge?

Knowledge and release.

These, monks, are called
"states to be realized by higher knowledge."

So these, monks, are the four states.


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