SN.49.23–34. Balakaraṇīyādisutta ("Hard Work, Etc.")Saṁyutta Nikāya ("The Linked Discourses")
“Mendicants, all the hard work that gets done depends on the earth and is grounded on the earth. In the same way, a mendicant develops and cultivates the four right efforts depending on and grounded on ethics.
How so? It’s when a mendicant generates enthusiasm, tries, makes an effort, exerts the mind, and strives so that bad, unskillful qualities don’t arise. … so that skillful qualities that have arisen remain, are not lost, but increase, mature, and are completed by development.
That’s how a mendicant develops and cultivates the four right efforts depending on and grounded on ethics.”
(To be expanded as in SN 45.149–160.)
Hard work, seeds, and dragons,
a tree, a pot, and a spike,
the sky, and two on clouds,
a ship, a guest house, and a river.
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