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Samyutta Nikaya:
III. Khandha Vagga:
29: Naga Samutta

The Book of the
Kindred Sayings
Kindred Sayings on Nagas

Sutta 6

Catuttha Uposatha Suttam

Sabbath (4)

Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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[1] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Savatthi
at the Jeta Grove in Anathapindika's Park.

Then a certain brother came to the Exalted One, and saluting him
sat down at one side.

So seated that brother thus addressed the Exalted One:

"What is the reason, lord,
what is the cause
why some nagas born without parents keep the Sabbath
and divest themselves of their naga-forms?"

"Herein, brother, certain nagas born without parents think thus:

'Formerly we were double-dealing in speech,
double-dealing in act,
double-dealing in thought.

Thus in three ways being double-dealers,
when body breaks up after death
we shall be reborn in the company of nagas. born without parents

Now if we were to practise virtuous deeds,
virtuous words
and virtuous thoughts,
when body breaks up after death
we might be reborn in the happy state,
in the heaven world.

Come now,
let us practise virtuous deeds,
virtuous words
and virtuous thoughts.'

This, brethren, is the reason,
this is the cause
why certain nagas born without parents
keep the Sabbath
and divest themselves of their naga-forms."


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