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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka Nipāta
V: Muṇḍarāja Vagga

The Book of Fives

Sutta 41

Pañca Bhogaādiya Suttaṃ

On Make'n Mula

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

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

Once upon a time the Lucky Man, Savatthi-town, Jeta Woods, Anathapindika Park, came a revisit'n.
There, Anathapindika, the housefather, came to pay a call, and,
after paying respect with closed palms,
he sat on a low seat to one side at a respectful distance,
and Bhaggava said this to him:

"Housefather! There are these five reasons for getting rich.
What five?"

"In the case of the first case a student of the Aristocrats gets rich in a just, lawful manner;
by the strength of his arm, the sweat of his brow;
hard work, energy, enterprise and intelligence.

With his wealth so earned he makes himself happy and he is able to sustain that happiness;
he makes his parents happy and he is able to sustain their happiness;
he makes his wife and children happy and he is able to sustain their happiness;
he makes his employees happy and he is able to sustain their happiness.

This is the first case.

In the case of the second case,
with riches so gotten,
he makes his friends and companions happy and he is able to sustain their happiness.

This is the second case.

In the case of the third case,
with riches so gotten,
he is able to set up protections against loss through disaster, fire, water, kings, robbers, enemies and greedy heirs.

This is the third case.

In the case of the fourth case,
with riches so gotten,
he makes the Five-Dimensional Offering Ceremony,
offering gifts and nourishment, remembrance and gratitude to:
kinfolk, friends, ancestors, kings, and the gods.

This is the fourth case.

Again, in addition, with riches so gotten,
he makes gifts to shaman and godly men;
men of modest demeanor who have let go of lazy ways,
bearing all with patience,
men who have stilled, calmed, controlled the self,
perfected the self,
abandoned the self;
gifts aimed at the high, the godly,
resulting in happiness,
leading to the godly realms.

This is the fifth case.

These are the five reasons for getting rich.

Furthermore, householder, should the wealth of such a one,
having gathered wealth with these five reasons in mind,
come to destruction,
he may rightly think:
'At least this wealth now lost was gathered for righteous reasons.'

And he will find he is without shame or regret.

But if his wealth should grow he may think:
'This wealth is growing,
and I am one who grows his wealth for righteous reasons.'

And in this way he will have protected himself from worry from either cause.

 


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