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What is the Chief Ability inducing Awakening?

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, red sandalwood is known as the best among fragrant and
sweet-scented heartwoods. It is declared to be their chief...
Similarly, among the various states conducive to enlightenment the
Ability of Understanding is declared to be the best and their chief,
that is, for the swift attainment of this sublime Enlightenment...!
And what, Bhikkhus, are the states conducive to Enlightenment?
The Ability of Faith is a state leading to Awakening!
The Ability of Energy is a state leading to Awakening!
The Ability of Awareness is a state leading to Awakening!
The Ability of Concentration is a state leading to Awakening!
The Ability of Understanding is a state leading to Awakening!
Bhikkhus, these five abilities, developed and cultivated, if not present,
do not arise except after the arrival of a Perfectly Enlightened One,
a Tathāgata, an Arahat! These 5 abilities, which are advanced and refined,
do not arise except from the Discipline and Teaching of a Well Gone One!

More on the supreme Understanding Ability:

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V:231-236] section 48: The Abilities:  55+58+60.

Understanding is the Chief!

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