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Aŋguttara Nikaya
Catukka Nipāta

Sutta 206

Sappurisa Suttaṃ (6)

The Good Person (6)

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts] I will delineate for you, beggars,
the not-good person and the not-good person of not-good persons and the good person and the goodperson of good persons

Listen up!
Pay attention!
I will speak!

Even so Elder! The Beggars responded.

The Lucky Man said this:

'And what, beggrs, is the not-good man?

Here beggars, someone
has contrary view,
has contrary principles,
has contrary speech,
has contrary works,
has contrary lifestyle,
has contrary self-control,
has contrary memory,
has contrary serenity,
has contrary knowledge,
has contrary freedom.

This beggars is the not-good person.

And what, beggars is the not-good person of not-good persons?

Here beggars, a someone
himself has contrary view,
and further extols contrary view;
himself has contrary principles,
and further extols contrary principles;
himself has contrary speech,
and further extols contrary speech;
himself has contrary works,
and further extols contrary works;
himself has contrary lifestyle,
and further extols contrary lifestyle;
himself has contrary self-control,
and further extols contrary self-control;
himself has contrary memory,
and further extols contrary memory;
himself has contrary serenity,
and further extols contrary serenity;
himself has contrary knowledge,
and further extols contrary knowledge;
himself has contrary freedom,
and further extols contrary freedom.

This beggars is the not-good person of not-good persons.

And what, beggars is the good person?

Here beggars, someone
has high view,
has high principles,
has high speech,
has high works,
has high lifestyle,
has high self-control,
has high memory,
has high serenity,
has high knowledge,
has high freedom.

This beggars is the good person.

And what, beggars is the good person?

Here beggars, a someone
himself has high view,
and further extols high view;
himself has high principles,
and further extols high principles;
himself has high speech,
and further extols high speech;
himself has high works,
and further extols high works;
himself has high lifestyle,
and further extols high lifestyle;
himself has high self-control,
and further extols high self-control;
himself has high memory,
and further extols high memory;
himself has high serenity,
and further extols high serenity;
himself has high knowledge,
and further extols high knowledge;
himself has high freedom,
and further extols high freedom.

This beggars is the good person of good persons.

This beggars is the not-good person, the not-good person of not-good persons, the good person, and the good person of good persons.

 


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