51. Iddhipādasaṁyutta: On the Bases of Psychic Power
III. The Iron Ball — SN 51.27: With Ānanda (1st)
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Then Venerable Ānanda went up to the Buddha, bowed, sat down to one side, and said to him:
2“Sir, what is psychic power? What is the basis of psychic power? What is the development of the bases of psychic power? And what is the practice that leads to the development of the bases of psychic power?”
“Ānanda, take a mendicant who wields the many kinds of psychic power: multiplying themselves and becoming one again … controlling the body as far as the Brahmā realm. This is called psychic power.
3And what is the basis of psychic power? The path and practice that leads to gaining psychic power. This is called the basis of psychic power.
4And what is the development of the bases of psychic power? It’s when a mendicant develops the basis of psychic power that has immersion due to enthusiasm … energy … mental development … inquiry, and active effort. This is called the development of the bases of psychic power.
5And what is the practice that leads to the development of the bases of psychic power? It is simply this noble eightfold path, that is: right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right immersion. This is called the practice that leads to the development of the bases of psychic power.”
Atha kho āyasmā ānando yena bhagavā tenupasankami; upasankamitvā bhagavantaṁ abhivādetvā ekamantaṁ nisīdi. Ekamantaṁ nisinno kho āyasmā ānando bhagavantaṁ etadavoca:
2"Katamā nu kho, bhante, iddhi, katamo iddhipādo, katamā iddhi pāda bhāvanā, katamā iddhi pāda bhāvanāgāminī paṭipadā"ti?
"IdhĀnanda, bhikkhu anekavihitaṁ iddhividhaṁ paccanubhoti – ekopi hutvā bahudhā hoti, bahudhāpi hutvā eko hoti … pe … yāva brahmalokāpi kāyena vasaṁ vatteti – ayaṁ vuccatĀnanda, iddhi.
3Katamo cĀnanda, iddhipādo? Yo, Ānanda, maggo yā paṭipadā iddhilābhāya iddhipaṭilābhāya saṁvattati – ayaṁ vuccatĀnanda, iddhipādo.
4Katamā cĀnanda, iddhi pāda bhāvanā? IdhĀnanda, bhikkhu chandasamādhippadhānasankhārasamannāgataṁ iddhi pāda ṁ bhāveti, vīriyasamādhi … pe … cittasamādhi … vīmaṁsāsamādhippadhānasankhārasamannāgataṁ iddhi pāda ṁ bhāveti – ayaṁ vuccatĀnanda, iddhi pāda bhāvanā.
5Katamā cĀnanda, iddhi pāda bhāvanāgāminī paṭipadā? Ayameva ariyo aṭṭhangiko maggo, seyyathidaṁ – sammādiṭṭhi … pe … sammāsamādhi – ayaṁ vuccatĀnanda, iddhi pāda bhāvanāgāminī paṭipadā"ti.