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Wielding Power (2nd) —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 5

14. Kings

132. Wielding Power (2nd)

1.1“Mendicants, possessing five factors a wheel-turning monarch’s eldest son continues to wield the power set in motion by his father only in a principled manner. 1.2And this power cannot be undermined by any human enemy.

2.1What five? 2.2A wheel-turning monarch’s oldest son knows what is right, knows principle, knows moderation, knows the right time, and knows the assembly. 2.3A wheel-turning monarch’s oldest son who possesses these five factors continues to wield the power set in motion by his father only in a principled manner. 2.4And this power cannot be undermined by any human enemy.

3.1In the same way, possessing five factors Sāriputta rightly keeps rolling the supreme Wheel of Dhamma that was rolled forth by the Realized One. 3.2And that wheel cannot be turned back by any ascetic or brahmin or god or Māra or Brahmā or by anyone in the world.

4.1What five? 4.2Sāriputta knows what is right, knows principle, knows moderation, knows the right time, and knows the assembly. 4.3Possessing these five factors Sāriputta rightly keeps rolling the supreme Wheel of Dhamma that was rolled forth by the Realized One. 4.4And that wheel cannot be turned back by any ascetic or brahmin or god or Māra or Brahmā or by anyone in the world.”