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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tikanipāta
XI. Sambodhi Vagga

Sutta 105

Kuta Sutta

The Peak of the Roof

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons

 


 

[105][pts][bd] Then Anathapindika the householder went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed to him, sat to one side.
As he was sitting there, the Blessed One said to him:

"Householder, when the mind is unprotected,
bodily actions are unprotected as well,
verbal actions are unprotected as well,
mental actions are unprotected as well.

When one's bodily actions, verbal actions, and mental actions are unprotected,
one's bodily actions get soggy,
one's verbal actions get soggy,
one's mental actions get soggy.

When one's bodily actions, verbal actions, and mental actions are soggy,
one's bodily actions rot,
verbal actions rot,
mental actions rot.

When one's bodily actions, verbal actions, and mental actions rot,
one's death is not auspicious,
the mode of one's dying not good.

"Just as when a peak-roofed house
is poorly roofed:
The peak of the roof is unprotected,
the roof beams are unprotected,
the walls are unprotected.
The peak of the roof gets soggy,
the roof beams get soggy,
the walls get soggy.
The peak of the roof rots,
the roof beams rot,
the walls then rot.

"In the same way, when the mind is unprotected,
bodily actions are unprotected as well,
verbal actions are unprotected as well,
mental actions are unprotected as well.
One's bodily actions get soggy,
verbal actions get soggy,
mental actions get soggy.
One's bodily actions rot,
one's verbal actions rot,
one's mental actions rot.

When one's bodily actions, verbal actions, and mental actions rot,
one's death is not auspicious,
the mode of one's dying not good.

"Now, when the mind is protected,
bodily actions are protected as well,
verbal actions are protected as well,
mental actions are protected as well.

When one's bodily actions, verbal actions, and mental actions are protected,
one's bodily actions don't get soggy,
verbal actions don't get soggy,
mental actions don't get soggy.

When one's bodily actions, verbal actions, and mental actions aren't soggy,
one's bodily actions don't rot,
one's verbal actions don't rot,
one's mental actions don't rot.

When one's bodily actions, verbal actions, and mental actions don't rot,
one's death is auspicious,
the mode of one's dying is good.

"Just as when a peak-roofed house
is well roofed:
The peak of the roof is protected,
the roof beams are protected,
the walls are protected.
The peak of the roof doesn't get soggy,
the roof beams don't get soggy,
the walls don't get soggy.
The peak of the roof doesn't rot,
the roof beams don't rot,
the walls don't rot.

"In the same way,
when the mind is protected,
bodily actions are protected as well,
verbal actions are protected as well,
mental actions are protected as well.

When one's bodily actions, verbal actions, and mental actions are protected,
one's bodily actions don't get soggy,
one's verbal actions don't get soggy,
one's mental actions don't get soggy.

When one's bodily actions, verbal actions, and mental actions don't get soggy,
one's bodily actions don't rot,
one's verbal actions don't rot,
one's mental actions don't rot.

When one's bodily actions, verbal actions, and mental actions don't rot,
one's death is auspicious,
the mode of one's dying is good."

 


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