Fifth Step – Right Living

is one of the EightFold paths.

What is Right Living?

When the noble disciple, avoiding a wrong way of living gets his livelihood by a right way of living this is called Right Living.

Now, right living, let me tell you, is of two kinds:

  • When the noble disciple, avoiding wrong living, gets his livelihood by a right way of living-this is called the “Mundane Right Living,” which yields worldly fruits and brings good results.
  • But the abhorrence of wrong living, the abstaining, withholding, refraining therefrom-the mind being holy, being turned away from the world, and conjoined with the path, the holy path being pursued-: this is called the “Ultramundane Right Living,” which is not of the world, but is ultramundane, and conjoined with the paths.

Now, in understanding wrong living as wrong, and right living as for right, one practices Right Understanding and in making efforts to overcome wrong living, to arouse right living, one practice Right Effort; and in overcoming wrong living with attentive mind, and dwelling with attentive mind in possession of right living, one practices Right Attentiveness.

Hence, there are three things that accompany and follow upon the right living, namely: right understanding, right effort, and right attentiveness.

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