(Viriya) is a Link to Awakening!
Energy Link to Awakening (Viriya-sambojjhanga) is basically the
mental property (viriya-cetasika),
as that which delivers the effort of all
thought, speech and
action, and which also is inherently included in the:
The Energy Feet of Force (viriyiddhipāda)
The Ability of Energy (viriyindriya)
The Power of Energy (viriyabala)
The Right Effort Path Factor
When trained, developed and aroused energy is capable of
The Buddha once said: What
mental fermentations (āsava) should be
overcome by development? If a Bhikkhu by
and rational attention
Energy Link to Awakening while based on seclusion,
ceasing, and finally culminating in relinquishment, then neither can any mental
fermentation, nor any fever,
nor any discontent ever arise in him.
MN2 [i 11]
In any one who examines, finds out
why, and comes to assured comprehension,
in him his energy link to awakening becomes
aroused. He develops it, and for him
it gradually goes to the culmination of its development.
MN118 [iii 85]
The ability of
energy is to initiate, launch into action and to fully complete
undertaking using persistent
and tenacious endurance. When this ability becomes
unshakable and unfailing, it then becomes the mighty
Power of Energy!
The function of energy is this
four-fold Right Effort of:
1: Eradicating any evil and disadvantageous state that has arisen in the mind.
2: Preventing the arising of
any yet unarisen disadvantageous mental state.
3: Initiating and developing
any yet unarisen advantageous mental state.
4: Increasing, refining
any already arisen advantageous state.
The characteristic of energy is readiness, willingness, enthusiastic ease,
eager and keen vigour. The manifestation
of energy is action, exertion,
endeavour, industry, struggle, powerful striving, and accomplishment!
The one, who does not rise, when it is time to rise.
Who though young
and strong, is weak in mind,
soft in will, and lazy by nature, such slow one
does never find the way to
Get up! Sit up!
Of what use are your dreams?
How can you sleep, when sick,
stabbed by the arrow of craving...
Sutta Nipāta 331
Get up! Sit up!
Push on your training, until reaching sole peace!
Do not let the king of death see you sloppy and
thus delude, and dominate you like a toy doll...
Sutta Nipāta 332
Feeding the Energy:
And what, friends, is feeding the Energy Link to Enlightenment,
that has not
yet arisen, and food too for boosting of any already present Energy?
That is noticing and considering:
1: The element of mental initiative,
2: The element of actually launching into
3: The element of tenaciously enduring persistence.
Systematic attention to these
3 aspects, is feeding any yet unarisen Energy
Link to Awakening, and food too for boosting any already
Nikāya XLVI 51 Bojjhanga-samyutta
Fivefold final Energy:
Following the Buddha the energy in the disciple culminates, when he
"Let just this
blood and flesh dry up and wither away so only skin,
sinews and bones
remain sitting, I will not give up my quest and stray from this
Noble 8-fold Path
before having reached complete Enlightenment..."
a full Study on Energy (Viriya): The root Hero of all