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Anguttara-Nikaya
III. Tikanipata
XIII. Kusinara Vagga

The Book of the
Gradual Sayings
or
More-Numbered Suttas

Part III
The Book of the Threes

Chapter XIII. At Kusinara

Sutta 123

Gotamaka-Cetiya Suttam

Gotama Shrine

Translated from the Pali by
F.L. Woodward, M.A.

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[253]

[1][than][olds] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Vesali at Gotama Shrine.[1]

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks!'

'Yes, lord,'
replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

'Monks, I proclaim Dhamma with full comprehension,[2]
not without full comprehension.

I proclaim Dhamma with causal connexions,[3]
not without.

I proclaim Dhamma accompanied by wonders,[4]
not without wonders.

Since I do so
there is good reason
why I should admonish,
there is good reason
why I should instruct.[5]

Well may ye be glad.
Well may ye be satisfied.
Well may ye be pleased at the thought:
Perfectly enlightened is the Exalted One.
Well taught by the Exalted One is Dhamma.
Well conducted is the Order.'

So spake the Exalted One.

And those monks were indeed satisfied
and delighted with the words of the Exalted One.

Moreover with this pronouncement was uttered
the thousandfold universe was shaken.


[1] Gotamake cetiye = Gotamaka-yakkhassa bhavane. Comy. Cf. D. ii, 102, 118; K.S. v, 230; UdA. 322; here Comy. Refers to Capala cetiya and the others mentioned at S.

Chalmers translation: "...transcendent knowledge, with origins, and with assignable conditions. see MN 77 - chlm

p.p. explains it all - p.p.

[2] These phrases occur at M. ii, 9, where Lord Chalmers trans.: 'with higher knowledge, with origins, with assignable conditions (?).'

[3] Sanidanam = sappaccayam eva katva. Comy.

[4] Sappatihariya = paccanika patiharanena (by giving a blow to adversaries) sappatihariyam eva katva kathemi (Comy.), which meaning is repeated at UdA (patipakkha-haranato, ragadi-kilesa-nasanato ... tan tan patipakkhan iddhi-vidhan pavattati). Cf. VM. ii, 358, patiharati ti patihariyan. The word is gen. trans. by 'accompanied by marvels.' At K.S. v, 233 I have trans. acc. to Comy. there: 'enforcing it with miracles,' yava niyyanikan katva (making it salutary).

[5] Cf. Supra, text 170, 'the miracle of teaching' anusasani-patiha-riya).

 

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