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Ascetics —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 4

24. Deeds

241. Ascetics

1.1“‘Only here is there a true ascetic, here a second ascetic, here a third ascetic, and here a fourth ascetic. 1.2Other sects are empty of ascetics.’ 1.3This, mendicants, is how you should rightly roar your lion’s roar.

2.1And who is the first ascetic? 2.2It’s a mendicant who—with the ending of three fetters—is a stream-enterer, not liable to be reborn in the underworld, bound for awakening. 2.3This is the first ascetic.

3.1And who is the second ascetic? 3.2It’s a mendicant who—with the ending of three fetters, and the weakening of greed, hate, and delusion—is a once-returner. They come back to this world once only, then make an end of suffering. 3.3This is the second ascetic.

4.1And who is the third ascetic? 4.2It’s a mendicant who—with the ending of the five lower fetters—is reborn spontaneously. They’re extinguished there, and are not liable to return from that world. 4.3This is the third ascetic.

5.1And who is the fourth ascetic? 5.2It’s a mendicant who realizes the undefiled freedom of heart and freedom by wisdom in this very life. And they live having realized it with their own insight due to the ending of defilements. 5.3This is the fourth ascetic.

6.1‘Only here is there a true ascetic, here a second ascetic, here a third ascetic, and here a fourth ascetic. 6.2Other sects are empty of ascetics.’ 6.3This, mendicants, is how you should rightly roar your lion’s roar.”