On the five bonds that chain uninstructed men to the lower life: delusion as to personality, doubt, attachment to rites, lusts of the flesh, and malevolence. The path to the destruction of these bonds is the cultivation of the jhānas (M.i.432-7).

The Sutta is so called because it was preached in contradiction of a wrong answer given by Mālunkyāputta to a question of the Buddha. The Buddha pointed out his error, and Ananda requested the Buddha to give the correct answer.

This is one of the suttas which teach samatha-vipassanā. MA.ii.572.

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