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Saɱyutta Nikāya
5. Mahā-Vagga
48. Indriya Saɱyutta
8. Gaŋgā-Peyyāla

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
5. The Great Chapter
48. Kindred Sayings on the Faculties
8. Gaŋgā Repetition

Suttas 71-82

Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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Sutta 71

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:

"Just as, monks, the river Ganges
flows,
slides
and tends to the East,
even so a monk who cultivates
and makes much of
the five controlling faculties
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the five controlling faculties
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the controlling faculty of faith
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of energy
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of mindfulness
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of concentration
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of insight
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the five controlling faculties
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna."

 


 

Sutta 72

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:

"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 controlling faculties
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the five controlling faculties
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the controlling faculty of faith
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of energy
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of mindfulness
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of concentration
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of insight
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the five controlling faculties
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna."

 


 

Sutta 73

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:

"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 controlling faculties
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the five controlling faculties
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the controlling faculty of faith
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of energy
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of mindfulness
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of concentration
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of insight
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the five controlling faculties
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna."

 


 

Sutta 74

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:

"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 controlling faculties
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the five controlling faculties
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the controlling faculty of faith
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of energy
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of mindfulness
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of concentration
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of insight
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the five controlling faculties
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna."

 


 

Sutta 75

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:

"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 controlling faculties
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the five controlling faculties
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the controlling faculty of faith
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of energy
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of mindfulness
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of concentration
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of insight
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the five controlling faculties
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna."

 


 

Sutta 76

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:

"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 controlling faculties
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the five controlling faculties
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the controlling faculty of faith
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of energy
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of mindfulness
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of concentration
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of insight
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the five controlling faculties
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna."

 

§

 

Sutta 77

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:

"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 controlling faculties
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the five controlling faculties
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the controlling faculty of faith
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of energy
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of mindfulness
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of concentration
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of insight
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the five controlling faculties
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna."

 


 

Sutta 78

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:

"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 controlling faculties
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the five controlling faculties
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the controlling faculty of faith
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of energy
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of mindfulness
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of concentration
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of insight
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the five controlling faculties
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna."

 


 

Sutta 79

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:

"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 controlling faculties
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the five controlling faculties
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the controlling faculty of faith
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of energy
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of mindfulness
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of concentration
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of insight
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the five controlling faculties
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna."

 


 

Sutta 80

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:

"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 controlling faculties
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the five controlling faculties
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the controlling faculty of faith
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of energy
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of mindfulness
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of concentration
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of insight
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the five controlling faculties
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna."

 


 

Sutta 81

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:

"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 controlling faculties
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the five controlling faculties
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the controlling faculty of faith
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of energy
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of mindfulness
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of concentration
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of insight
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the five controlling faculties
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna."

 


 

Sutta 82

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:

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 controlling faculties
flows,
slides,
tends to Nibbāna.

And how, monks, by cultivating
and making much of
the five controlling faculties
does a monk flow,
slide
and tend to Nibbāna?

Herein a monk cultivates the controlling faculty of faith
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of energy
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of mindfulness
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of concentration
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

He cultivates the controlling faculty of insight
based on seclusion,
on dispassion,
on cessation,
which ends in self-surrender.

Thus cultivating,
thus making much of
the five controlling faculties
a monk flows,
slides
and tends to Nibbāna."


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