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Anguttara Nikaya
Sattakanipata

Sutta 34

Sovacassata Sutta (2)

Compliance (2)

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

 


 

[1][pts]"Last night, monks, a certain devata in the far extreme of the night,
her extreme radiance lighting up the entirety of Jeta's Grove,
came to me and, on arrival,
bowed down to me and stood to one side.

As she was standing there,
she said to me,

'These seven qualities, lord,
lead to a monk's non-decline.

Which seven?

Respect for the teacher,
respect for the Dhamma,
respect for the Sangha,
respect for training,
respect for concentration,
compliance,[1]
having admirable friends.

These seven qualities, lord,
lead to a monk's non-decline.'

"That is what that devata said.

Having said it,
she bowed down to me,
circled me three times,
and then disappeared right there."

When this was said,
Ven. Sariputta said to the Blessed One,

"This, lord, is how I understand the detailed meaning of the Blessed One's brief statement.

"There is the case where a monk himself has respect for the Teacher.

He speaks in praise of having respect for the Teacher.

With regard to those other monks who don't have respect for the Teacher,
he gets them to undertake respect for the Teacher.

As for those other monks who do have respect for the Teacher,
he at the proper times speaks in praise of them — truly, accurately.

"There is the case where a monk himself has respect for the Dhamma...

"There is the case where a monk himself has respect for the Sangha...

"There is the case where a monk himself has respect for training...

"There is the case where a monk himself has respect for concentration...

"There is the case where a monk himself is compliant...

"There is the case where a monk himself has admirable friends.

He speaks in praise of having admirable friends.

With regard to those other monks who don't have admirable friends,
he gets them to undertake admirable friendship.

As for those other monks who do have admirable friends,
he at the proper times speaks in praise of them — truly, accurately.

"This, lord, is how I understand the detailed meaning of the Blessed One's brief statement."

 


[1] Compliance (sovacassa) = willingness to follow instructions given by Noble Ones.

 

References:

AN 7.31;
AN 7.32;
AN 7.33.


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