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Aŋguttara Nikāya
4. Catukka Nipāta
V. Rohitassa Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
V. Rohitassa

Sutta 43

Paṭhama Kodhagaru Suttaṃ

Wrath (a)[1]

Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

'Yes, lord,' replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

'Monks, these four persons
are found existing in the world.

What four?

He who pays regard to wrath,
not to true dhamma;
he who pays regard to hypocrisy,
not to true dhamma;
he who pays regard to gain,
not to true dhamma;
and he who pays regard to honours,
not to true dhamma.

These are the four persons
found existing in the world.

Monks, these four persons
are found existing in the world.

What four?

He who pays regard to true dhamma,
not to wrath;
he who pays regard to true dhamma,
not to hypocrisy;
he who pays regard to true dhamma,
not to gain;
he who pays regard to true dhamma,
not to honours.

These are the four persons found existing in the world.

[55] Who pay regard to wrath, hypocrisy,
To gain and honours, - such monks do not grow
In Dhamma taught by him the Fully Waked.
They who have lived and do live honouring
True Dhamma, - such as these do grow indeed
In Dhamma taught by him the Fully Waked.'

 


[1] Cf. infra, text 84; S. i, 169, 240. Kodha is reckoned a serious obstacle to progress. It would seem to mean a tendency to flare up on any occasion, like a smouldering fire. Lābha-sakkāra-siloka is the name of a vagga in S. ii, 225 ff. These defects are reckoned 'a terrible thing' and 'a hindrance to winning yoga-kkhema.'


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