In the SN48.15, unfortunately only available in English here, one finds a relationship between the level of development of the five spiritual faculties and ten different levels - or shades - of spiritual development:
At the peak we see arahantship attained through full development of faith, energy / endeavour, presence / mindfulness, stillnes / concentration, wisdom / insight.
Below it the first shades of awakening are the four ways of release: release in the interval (between lifetimes), release ‘at landing’ (at a next lifetime), release without much trouble, and release with some trouble.
Further below, other shades of awakening are the fruition of i) those who land at a pure abode (i.e. a no-returner), ii) those who are to return only once, iiI) those who have won or entered the stream (of the path).
At the bottom we have the not so hopeless cases of Dhamma and Faith followers - what maybe we could somehow call candidates for stream-entry.
Below the full list as in the sutta:
"Monks, there are these five spiritual faculties.
The controlling power of faith,
the controlling power of energy/endeavour,
the controlling power of mindfulness/presence,
the controlling power of concentration/stillness,
the controlling power of insight/wisdom.
These, monks, are the five spiritual faculties.
By the completion and fulfilment, monks, of these five spiritual faculties one is Arahant.
By having them in a less degree, one obtains release midway / in the interval (antarāparinibbāyī).
By having them in a less degree, he attains release at landing (upahaccaparinibbāyī).
By having them in a less degree, he attains release without much trouble (asaṅkhāraparinibbāyī).
By having them in a less degree, he attains release with some trouble (sasaṅkhāraparinibbāyī).
By having them in a less degree, he is ‘one who goes up stream,’ one who goes to the Pure Abodes (akaniṭṭhagāmī).
By having them in a less degree, he is a once-returner (sakadāgāmī).
By having them in a less degree, he is a stream-winner (sotāpanno).
By having them in a less degree, he is a Dhamma-follower (dhammānusārī).
By having them in a less degree, he is a faith follower (saddhānusārī).’"
The objective of this topic/thread is thus to explore further how are the different shades or grades of spiritual development presented in the EBTs.
To kick-start the conversation, I ask:
Does anyone know if such similar list is found anywhere in the Chinese Agamas or other parallels to the Pali Suttas?
Is there any further explanation to what each of these states found in the Suttas are?