Ja 55 The Story about Prince Pañcāvudha

In the present a monk gives up the struggle easily. The Buddha tells him a story about a past life in which he refused to give up the fight even though ensnared by a Yakkha and threatened with death. The Yakkha, recognising his courage, lets him go (full story).

1. Yo alīnena cittena, alīnamanaso naro,
Bhāveti kusalaṁ dhammaṁ, yogakkhemassa pattiyā,
Pāpuṇe anupubbena sabbasaṁyojanakkhayan-ti.

That person who has an alert heart, who is alert in his mind, who cultivates wholesome thoughts, in order to attain safety, gradually arrives at the destruction of all of the fetters.

In this connection, this is the substance of it: that person who has an alert, unshrunken, heart, naturally having an alert mind, an alert disposition, being blameless, cultivates, develops, the wholesome thirty-seven things on the side of Awakening, The four ways of attending to mindfulness, the four right endeavours, the four bases of spiritual power, the five faculties, the five strengths, the seven factors of awakening, the noble eightfold path, making thirty-seven in all. with an extensive heart devoted to insight, for safety from the four yokes, The yokes of sense desire, craving for existence, wrong views and ignorance. These are the same as the āsava, the pollutants. in order to attain Nibbāna. Thinking about all the processes: “This is impermanent, suffering, non-self,” after taking up the three marks, Impermanence, suffering, and non-self. beginning from immature insight, and developing the things arising on the side of Awakening, gradually, without one fetter remaining, he makes a destruction of all the fetters The fetters are ten: personality view; doubt; clinging to virtue and vows; lust for sensuality; ill-will; lust for form worlds; lust for formless worlds; conceit; restlessness; ignorance. with the four paths, until at the end the fact arises, and: “The destruction of all of the fetters,” is reckoned, and he would attain Arahatta.