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In Buddhism, the "Power" referred to by this compound term is a group of Spiritual or psychic powers that include teleportation and other forms of bodily transformation. Thus, this compound term is usually translated along the lines of "base of Power" or "base of Spiritual Power."
- "Bhikkhus, those who have neglected the four bases for Spiritual Power have neglected the Noble path leading to the complete destruction of Suffering. Those who have undertaken the four bases for Spiritual Power have undertaken the Noble path leading to the destruction of Suffering."
- Intention or purpose or desire or Zeal (Chanda)
- Effort or energy or will (Viriya)
- Consciousness or Mind or thoughts (Citta)
- Investigation or discrimination (vīmaṃsā)
Corequisites: Concentration and striving
- "Bhikkhus, if a bhikhu gains Concentration, gains one-pointedness of Mind based upon desire, this is called Concentration due to desire.
He generates desire for the abandoning of arisen Evil unwholesome states ... for the arising of unarisen wholesome states ... for the maintenance of arisen wholesome states ...; he makes an effort, arouses energy, applies his Mind and strives. These are called volitional formations of striving.
Thus this desire and this Concentration due to desire and these volitional formations of striving: this is called the basis for Spiritual Power that possesses Concentration due to desire and volitional formations of striving."
Associated Spiritual powers
- "When the four bases of Spiritual Power have been developed and cultivated in this way, a Bhikkhu wields the various kinds of Spiritual Power:
having been one, he becomes many; having been many, he becomes one;
he appears and vanishes; he goes unhindered through a wall, through a rampart, through a mountain as though through space;