4. Catukka Nipāta
IV. Cakka Vagga
The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
IV: The Wheel
Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.
On a certain occasion the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:
'Yes, lord,' replied those monks to the Exalted One.
The Exalted One said:
'Monks, there are these four bases of sympathy.
Charity, kind speech, doing a good turn and treating all alike.
These are the four.
Charity, kind words, and doing a good turn
And treating all alike as each deserves:
These bonds of sympathy are in the world
Just like the linchpin of a moving car.
Now if these bonds were lacking, mother who bore
And father who begat would not receive
The honour and respect (which are their due).
But since the wise rightly regard these bonds,
They win to greatness and are worthy praise.'
 Samānatta = 'impartiality,' but Comy. takes it as 'imperturbability' (samāna-sukha-dukkha-bhāvo).
 Attha-cariyā, lit. conduct in or for welfare.
 Read mahattaṃ for text's mahantaṃ.