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Saŋyutta Nikāya
I. Sagatha Vagga
6. Brahmāsaɱyutta

Sutta 2

Garava Sutta

Reverence

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

 


 

[2.1][pts] I have heard that on one occasion,
when the Blessed One was newly Self-awakened,
he was staying at Uruvela
on the bank of the Nerañjara River,
at the foot of the Goatherd's Banyan Tree.

Then, while he was alone and in seclusion,
this line of thinking arose in his awareness:

"One suffers if dwelling without reverence or deference.

Now on what priest or contemplative can I dwell in dependence,
honoring and respecting him?"

Then the thought occurred to him:

"It would be for the sake of perfecting
an unperfected aggregate of virtue
that I would dwell in dependence on another priest or contemplative,
honoring and respecting him.

However, in this world with its devas,
Maras, and Brahmās,
in this generation with its priests and contemplatives,
its royalty and common-folk,
I do not see another priest or contemplative
more consummate in virtue than I,
on whom I could dwell in dependence,
honoring and respecting him.

"It would be for the sake of perfecting
an unperfected aggregate of concentration
that I would dwell in dependence on another priest or contemplative,
honoring and respecting him.

However, in this world with its devas,
Maras, and Brahmās,
in this generation with its priests and contemplatives,
its royalty and common-folk,
I do not see another priest or contemplative
more consummate in virtue than I,
on whom I could dwell in dependence,
honoring and respecting him.

"It would be for the sake of perfecting
an unperfected aggregate of discernment
that I would dwell in dependence on another priest or contemplative,
honoring and respecting him.

However, in this world with its devas,
Maras, and Brahmās,
in this generation with its priests and contemplatives,
its royalty and common-folk,
I do not see another priest or contemplative
more consummate in virtue than I,
on whom I could dwell in dependence,
honoring and respecting him.

"It would be for the sake of perfecting
an unperfected aggregate of release
that I would dwell in dependence on another priest or contemplative,
honoring and respecting him.

However, in this world with its devas,
Maras, and Brahmās,
in this generation with its priests and contemplatives,
its royalty and common-folk,
I do not see another priest or contemplative
more consummate in virtue than I,
on whom I could dwell in dependence,
honoring and respecting him.

"It would be for the sake of perfecting
an unperfected aggregate of knowledge and vision of release
that I would dwell in dependence on another priest or contemplative,
honoring and respecting him.

However, in this world with its devas,
Maras, and Brahmās,
in this generation with its priests and contemplatives,
its royalty and common-folk,
I do not see another priest or contemplative
more consummate in virtue than I,
on whom I could dwell in dependence,
honoring and respecting him.

"What if I were to dwell in dependence on this very Dhamma
to which I have fully awakened,
honoring and respecting it?"

Then, having known with his own awareness the line of thinking in the Blessed One's awareness —
just as a strong man might extend his flexed arm
or flex his extended arm —
Brahmā Sahampati disappeared from the Brahmā-world
and reappeared in front of the Blessed One.

Arranging his upper robe over one shoulder,
he saluted the Blessed One with his hands before his heart and said to him:

"So it is, Blessed One!

So it is, One-Well-Gone!

Those who were Arahants,
Rightly Self-awakened Ones in the past —
they, too, dwelled in dependence on the very Dhamma itself,
honoring and respecting it.

Those who will be Arahants,
Rightly Self-awakened Ones in the future —
they, too, will dwell in dependence on the very Dhamma itself,
honoring and respecting it.

And let the Blessed One,
who is at present the Arahant,
the Rightly Self-awakened One,
dwell in dependence on the very Dhamma itself,
honoring and respecting it."

That is what Brahmā Sahampati said.

Having said that, he further said this:

Past Buddhas,
future Buddhas,
and he who is the Buddha now,
removing the sorrow of many —

all have dwelt,
will dwell, he dwells,
revering the true Dhamma.
This, for Buddhas, is a natural law.

Therefore one who desires his own good,
aspiring for greatness,
should respect the true Dhamma,
recollecting the Buddhas' Teaching.

 


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