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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
IV. Sumanā Vagga

The Book of Fives

Sutta 31

Sumanā Suttaṃ

Princess Sweetmind

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts][bodh] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time the Lucky Man,
Savatthi-town, Jeta Woods, Anathapindika Park,
came a revisit'n.

There, Sumana, the daughter of the king,
sister of King Pasenadi,
rajah of Kosala,
along with 500 handmaidens
in 500 chariots
came to pay a call.

Then, after paying respect with closed palms,
she sat on a low seat to one side
at a respectful distance and said:

"In the case, Bhante,
where there were two disciples of the Bhaggava
who were of equal faith,
equal ethical culture,
and equal understanding,
but where there was a difference
in their practice of generosity,
one being a giver and one not,
and both were to find consciousness again
after the death of the body
in a happy condition
among the gods:
would there be any noticeable difference between them?"

"There would be a difference, Sumana,"
said the Lucky Man,
"The giver, finding consciousness again
in a happy condition
among the gods
would be better off in five ways:
life,
beauty,
ease,
energy
and strength of wits."

"But supposing, Bhante,
that these two should once again find rebirth as Man,
would there continue to be any noticeable difference between them?"

"There would be a difference, Sumana.

The giver finding consciousness again as Man
would be better off in five ways:
life,
beauty,
ease,
energy
and strength of wits."

"But supposing, Bhante,
that these two should leave the householder's life
and go forth into homelessness,
would there continue to be any noticeable difference between them?"

"There would be difference, Sumana.

The giver, leaving the householder's life
and going forth into homelessness,
would be better off in five ways:
in the frequency of the times
he was asked to accept robes;
in the frequency of the times
he was asked to accept food;
in the frequency of the times
he was asked to accept shelter;
in the frequency of the times
he was asked to accept medicines;
and furthermore,
his companions in the life
tend to act towards him
with friendliness
in body, speech and mind
and often offer to do him services."

"But supposing, Bhante,
that these two should both win Arahantship,
would there continue to be any noticeable difference between them?"

"In the case of this case, Sumana,
I say there is no difference
to be perceived between them,
comparing freedom with freedom."

"It is wonderful, Bhante,
it is marvelous
the extent of the positive effects
of giving and doing good deeds:
a help to one as a man,
a help to one as a god,
and a help to one as one gone forth!"

"Even so, Sumana! Even so!"

 


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