|Buddha like a Hindu deity, namely Shiva, lotus altar, Kong Meng San (pohchai1983/flickr)|
- the power of wisdom,
- the power of energy,
- the power of an unblemished life, and
- the power of benevolence.
|Buddha statue, India (Erikonwanderlust/flickr)|
"And what, meditators, is the power of energy? As for those things that are bad, blameworthy, dark, unfit to be practiced, unworthy of noble ones, and which are held to be so -- to rouse one's will, to make an effort, and stir up one's energy for giving up all of these things.
"And as for those things that are good, blameless, bright, fit to be practiced, worthy of noble ones, and which are held to be so -- to rouse one's will, to make an effort and stir up one's energy for gaining all these things -- this is called the power of energy.
|In peaceful seclusion (Sasin Tipchai/Bugphai)|
- This is the best of gifts: the gift of Dharma.
- And this is the best of friendly speech: to teach again and again Dharma to those who wish for it and who listen attentively.
- And this is the best of helpful acts: to arouse, instill, and strengthen confidence in the unbeliever; to arouse, instill, and strengthen virtue in the immoral; to arouse, instill, and strengthen generosity in the stingy; to arouse, instill, and strengthen wisdom in the unwise.
- And this is the best bestowal of equity: if a stream-winner (stream enterer) becomes equal to a stream-winner; a once-returner equal to a once-returner; a non-returner equal to a non-returner; and an arhat equal to an arhat.
"Now, meditators, a noble disciple endowed with these four powers has left behind five fears:
- the fear for one's livelihood,
- the fear of disrepute,
- the fear of embarrassment in assemblies,
- the fear of death, and
- the fear of an unhappy future [rebirth] destiny.
|Laotian novice (Conde Pyruslav/flickr)|
"'It is one who is foolish and lazy, of blameworthy conduct in deeds, words, and thoughts, and who has no benevolence -- such a one might be in fear for his or her livelihood.
"'No fear do I have about disrepute or about embarrassment in assemblies, nor have I fear of death or of an unhappy future destiny. Why should I have these fears? Have I not the four powers of wisdom, energy, unblemished life, and benevolence? It is one who is foolish and lazy, of blameworthy conduct in deeds, words, and thoughts, and who has no benevolence -- such a one might have all these fears.'