Aŋguttara Nikāya


 

Aŋguttara Nikāya
IV. Catukka Nipāta
II. Cara Vagga

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
IV. The Book of the Fours
II. Walking

Sutta 13

Padhāna Suttaɱ

Striving

Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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[15] [401]

[1][pts][olds] "Bhikkhus, there are these four right strivings.

What four?

(1) Here, a bhikkhu generates desire for the non-arising of unarisen bad unwholesome states; he makes an effort, arouses energy, applies his mind, and strives.

(2) He generates desire for the abandoning of arisen bad unwholesome states; he makes an effort, arouses energy, applies his mind, and strives.

(3) He generates desire for the arising of unarisen wholesome states; he makes an effort, arouses energy, applies his mind, and strives.

(4) He generates desire for the persistence of arisen wholesome states, for their non-decline, increase, expansion, and fulfillment by development; he makes an effort, arouses energy, applies his mind, and strives.

These are the four right strivings."

Those who strive rightly
overcome the realm of Māra;
they are unattached,
gone beyond fear of birth and death.

[402] They are contented and unstirred,
having conquered Māra and his mount;
those happy ones have overcome
all Namuci's armies.


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