Skillful virtues have freedom from remorse as their purpose, freedom from remorse as their reward. Freedom from remorse has joy as its purpose, joy as its reward. Joy has absorption as its purpose, absorption as its reward.
Absorption has serenity as its purpose, serenity as its reward. Serenity has bliss as its purpose, bliss as its reward. Bliss has concentration as its purpose, concentration as its reward.
Concentration has knowledge and vision of things as they actually are as its purpose, knowledge and vision of things as they actually are as its reward. Knowledge and vision of things as they actually are has disenchantment as its purpose, disenchantment as its reward.
Disenchantment has dispassion as its purpose, dispassion as its reward. Dispassion has knowledge and vision of release as its purpose, knowledge and vision of release as its reward.
In this way, Ananda, skillful virtues lead step-by-step to the consummation of liberation.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Kimattha Sutta