III. Tika Nipato
II. Rathakara Vagga
The Book of the
The Book of the Threes
Chapter II. The Wheelwright
Translated from the Pali by
F.L. Woodward, M.A.
On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Savatthi, at Jeta Grove, in Anathapindika's Park.
Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:
'Yes, lord,' replied those monks to the Exalted One.
The Exalted One said this:
'Monks, if Wanderers holding other views should thus question you:
"Is it for the sake of rebirth in the Deva-World
that Gotama, the ascetic,
lives the righteous life?"
-thus questioned would ye not be annoyed,
'So then, monks,
it would seem that ye are annoyed,
with the idea of deva-life,
the idea of deva-bliss,
How much more should ye not be annoyed, distressed, disgusted with the idea of immorality in deed,
how much more should ye not be annoyed, distressed, disgusted with the idea of immorality in speech,
how much more should ye not be annoyed, distressed, disgusted with the idea of immorality in thought?'