The Discourse giving the Analysis of the Topics

Arthaviniścayasūtram

14. The Four Right Strivings

Herein, monastics, what are the four right strivings?

  1. Here, monastics, a monastic regarding bad and unwholesome thoughts that have not yet arisen, generates desire for their abandoning, he endeavours, instigates energy, exerts his mind, and strives rightly.

  2. Regarding bad and unwholesome thoughts that have not yet arisen, he generates desire for their non-arising, he endeavours, instigates energy, exerts his mind, and strives rightly.

  3. He generates desire for the arising of wholesome thoughts that have not yet arisen, he endeavours, instigates energy, exerts his mind, and strives rightly.

  4. Regarding wholesome thoughts that have arisen he generates desire for their endurance, persistence, non-abandoning, multiplication, extension, development, and fulfilment, he endeavours, instigates energy, exerts his mind, and strives rightly.

These, monastics, are the four right strivings.