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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
IV. Sumanā Vagga

Sutta 37

Bhojana Sutta

A Meal

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
For free distribution only.

 


 

[1][pts][olds][bodh] "In giving a meal, the donor gives five things to the recipient.

Which five?

He/she gives life, beauty, happiness, strength, and quick-wittedness.

Having given life, he/she has a share in long life, either human or divine.

Having given beauty, he/she has a share in beauty, either human or divine.

Having given happiness, he/she has a share in happiness, either human or divine.

Having given strength, he/she has a share in strength, either human or divine.

Having given quick-wittedness, he/she has a share in quick-wittedness, either human or divine.

In giving a meal, the donor gives these five things to the recipient."

The prudent person giving life, strength,
    beauty, quick-wittedness --
the wise person, a giver of happiness --
    attains happiness himself.
Having given life, strength, beauty,
    happiness, and quick-wittedness,
he has long life and status
    wherever he arises.

 


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