Whatever Wholesome States There are, They are All rooted in Diligence

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“Bhikkhus, just as the footprints of all living beings that walk fit into the footprint of the elephant, and the elephant’s footprint is declared to be the chief among them, that is, with respect to size, so too whatever wholesome states there are, they are all rooted in diligence, converge upon diligence, and diligence is declared to be the chief among them. When a bhikkhu is diligent, it is to be expected that he will develop and cultivate the Noble Eightfold Path”

“And how, bhikkhus, does a bhikkhu who is diligent develop and cultivate the Noble Eightfold Path?

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops right view, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release.

develops right intention, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release.

develops right speech, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release.

develops right action, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release.

develops right livelihood, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release.

develops right effort, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release.

develops right mindfulness, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release.

develops right concentration, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release. It is in this way, bhikkhus, that a bhikkhu who is diligent develops and cultivates the Noble Eightfold Path.”

Source: https://suttacentral.net/ Pada Sutta SN 45.140  SN v 43

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