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Friends:

The Seven Links to Enlightenment Out-Shines All!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Supported, Friends, by Himalaya, king of mountains, do the snake-beings [nagas] grow a body and get
strength. When they have grown a body and got strength there, they go to the tiny mountain pools,
from there to the lakes, from there to the streams, from there to the great rivers, from there to the sea,
and lastly they go to the mighty ocean, where they complete great growth of body. Just even so, Bhikkhus
and friends, any one supported by morality, fixed in morality, who cultivates the 7 Links to Enlightenment,
makes much of them, wins great growth of the right conditions and prerequisite causes of Enlightenment!
How does a Noble being, so founded in morality, so fixed in morality, cultivate the 7 Links to Enlightenment,
make much of them, and win great growth of the right conditions, and necessary causes of total Awakening?
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is
Awareness,
based on isolation, on detachment, on stilling, which culminates in self-surrender.
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is
Investigation,
based on solitude, on dispassion, on ceasing, which culminates in relinquishment.
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is Energy,
based on seclusion, on indifference, on cooling, which culminates in elevation.
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is
Joy,
based on retreat, on disinterestedness, on ending, which culminates in renouncing.
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is
Tranquillity,
based on aloofness, on disgust, on stopping, which culminates in deliverance.
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is
Concentration,
based on separation, on release, on silencing, which culminates in emancipation.
Such Noble Being simply cultivates the Link to Enlightenment that is
Equanimity,
based on withdrawal, on detachment, on stilling, which culminates in utter self-surrender...
That is how a Noble being, founded in morality, fixed in morality, cultivates the 7 Links to Enlightenment,
and by making much of them, wins to greatness of the conditions that causes the effect of Enlightenment!
Source: Samyutta Nikāya V  

More on these seven Sublime links to Awakening:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Seven_Links_to_Awakening.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Meaning_of_the-7_Links_to_Awakening.htm

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