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Anguttara-Nikaya
III. Tika Nipato
III. Puggala Vagga

Sutta 21

Kayasakkhi (aka Savittha) Suttam

Venerable Savittha

Translated from the Pali by
Sister Upalavana

 


 

[1.1][pts][olds][bodh] I heard thus.

At one time the Blessed One was living in the monastery offered by Anathapindika in Jeta's grove in Savatthi.

Then venerable Savittha and venerable Maha Kotthita approached venerable Sariputta, exchanged friendly greetings and sat on a side.

Then venerable Sariputta said to venerable Savittha: Friend, Savittha, three kinds of persons are evident in the world.

What three?

The body witness, the one come to righteousness of view and the one released through faith.

Of these three persons which person is excellent and more pleasing to you?

Friend, Sariputta, of these three, such as the body witness, the one come to righteousness of view and the one released through faith, that one released through faith is more pleasing to me as his faculty of faith is much developed.

Then venerable Sariputta said to venerable Maha Kotthita:

Friend, Kotthita, three kinds of persons are evident in the world.

What three?

The body witness, the one come to righteousness of view and the one released through faith.

Of these three persons which person is more pleasing to you?

Friend, Sariputta, of these three, such as the body witness, the one come to righteousness of view and the one released through faith, the body witness is more pleasing to me as his faculty of concentration is much developed.

Then venerable Maha Kotthita said to venerable Sariputta:

Friend, Sariputta, three kinds of persons are evident in the world.

What three?

The body witness, the one come to righteousness of view and the one released through faith.

Of these three persons which person is more pleasing to you?

Friend, Maha Kotthita, of these three, such as the body witness, the one come to righteousness of view and the one released through faith, the one come to righteousness of view is more pleasing to me as his faculty of wisdom is much developed.

Then venerable Sariputta said thus to venerable Savittha and venerable Maha Kotthita:

Friends, we have each declared this according to our individual understandings.

Now let us approach the Blessed One and ask, as to which is the excellent and most pleasing. Venerable Sariputta, venerable Savittha and venerable Maha Kotthita approached the Blessed One, worshipped and sat on a side and venerable Sariputta related all the conversation that took place between himself, venerable Savittha and venerable Maha Kotthita.

The Blessed One said:

Sariputta, it cannot be stated easily, of these three persons, which one is more pleasing and excellent. It can be stated that when the one released through faith has come to the path of worthiness.

The body witness and the one come righteousness of view are either to return to this world or not return.

Sariputta, it cannot be stated easily, of these three persons, which one is more pleasing and excellent.

It can be stated that when the body witness has come to the path of worthiness.

The one released through faith and the one come to righteousness of view are either to return to this world once or not return.

Sariputta, it cannot be stated easily, of these three persons, which one is more pleasing and excellent.

It can be stated that when the one come to righteousness of view, has come to the path of worthiness.

The body witness and the one released through faith are either to return to this world once or not return.


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