4. Catukka Nipāta
VI. Puññābhisanda Vagga
The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
VI: Flood of Merit
Dutiya Samajīvina Suttaṃ
Well matched (b)
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:
if both wife and husband
desire to behold each other
both in this very life
and in the life to come,
and both are matched in faith,
matched in virtue,
matched in generosity,
matched in wisdom,
then do they behold each other
in this very life
and in the life to come.
If both, believers, self-controlled, well-spoken,
Living as dhamma bids, use loving words
One to the other, manifold the blessings
That come to wife and husband, and to them
The blessing of a pleasant life is born.
Dejected are their foes, for both are good.
So in this world, living as dhamma bids,
The pair, in goodness matched, i' the deva-world
Rejoicing win the bliss that they desire.'