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Anguttara Nikaya
IV. Catukka Nipata
I. Bhandagama Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
IV. The Book of the Fours
I: At Bhandagama

Sutta 4

Dutiya Khata Suttam

Uprooted (b)

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

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[4] [4]

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was stayingnear Savatthi.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

'Yes, lord,' they replied, and the Exalted One said:

'Monks, by wrong conduct towards four persons
the foolish,
sinful,
unworthy man
carries about[1] with him
an uprooted,
lifeless self,
is blameworthy,
is censured by the intelligent
and begets much demerit.

Who are the four?

Monks, by wrong conduct towards mother,
the foolish,
sinful,
unworthy man
carries about with him
an uprooted,
lifeless self,
is blameworthy,
is censured by the intelligent
and begets much demerit.

Monks, by wrong conduct towards father,
the foolish,
sinful,
unworthy man
carries about with him
an uprooted,
lifeless self,
is blameworthy,
is censured by the intelligent
and begets much demerit.

Monks, by wrong conduct towards a Tathagata,
the foolish,
sinful,
unworthy man
carries about with him
an uprooted,
lifeless self,
is blameworthy,
is censured by the intelligent
and begets much demerit.

Monks, by wrong conduct towards a Tathagata's followers,
the foolish,
sinful,
unworthy man
carries about with him
an uprooted,
lifeless self,
is blameworthy,
is censured by the intelligent
and begets much demerit.

 


 

But, monks, by right conduct towards towards four persons
the wise,
virtuous,
worthy man
carries about with him
a self not uprooted,
not lifeless,
is not blameworthy,
is not censured by the intelligent
and begets much merit.

Who are the four?

Monks, by right conduct towards towards mother,
the wise,
virtuous,
worthy man
carries about with him
a self not uprooted,
not lifeless,
is not blameworthy,
is not censured by the intelligent
and begets much merit.

Monks, by right conduct towards towards father,
the wise,
virtuous,
worthy man
carries about with him
a self not uprooted,
not lifeless,
is not blameworthy,
is not censured by the intelligent
and begets much merit.

Monks, by right conduct towards towards a Tathagata,
the wise,
virtuous,
worthy man
carries about with him
a self not uprooted,
not lifeless,
is not blameworthy,
is not censured by the intelligent
and begets much merit.

Monks, by right conduct towards towards a Tathagata's followers
the wise,
virtuous,
worthy man
carries about with him
a self not uprooted,
not lifeless,
is not blameworthy,
is not censured by the intelligent
and begets much merit.

Mother and father and the Enlightened One,
Tathagata, and those who follow him.
Whoso entreateth ill stores up much woe.
For such ill deeds to parents, in this life
The sages blame that man, and in the life
That follows to the place of woe he goes.

Mother and father and the Enlightened One,
Tathagata, and those who follow him,
Whoso entreateth well stores up much merit.
For such good deeds to parents, in this life
The sages praise that man, and afterwards
In the world of heaven he wins happiness.'

 


[1] A lit. trans. of attanam pariharati, supra, I 3; infra, I 121, etc.


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