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Aŋguttaranikāyo
Catukkanipāto
VIII: Apaṇṇaka Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours Chapter VIII: The Sure

Sutta 79

Vaṇijjā Suttaṃ

Trade

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

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[1][than] Thus have I heard:

Now the venerable Sariputta came to visit the Exalted One.

As he sat at one side
the venerable Sariputta said this to the Exalted One:

"Pray, lord, what is the reason,
what is the cause
why such and such a trade
practised[1] by some person
turns out a failure?

Again, lord, what is the reason,
what is the cause
why such and such a trade
practised by some person
does not turn out as he intended?

Pray, lord, what is the reason
what is the cause
why such and such a trade
practised by some person
does turn out as he intended?

Again, lord, what is the reason
what is the cause
why such and such a trade
practised by some person
person prospers beyond[2] his intention?"

"In this matter, Sariputta,
(suppose) someone comes to a recluse or brahmin
and makes him an offer,[3] saying:

"Sir, say what you want
by way of support."

But he does not give him what he offered.

If this man deceases from that life
and returns to this sort of life,
whatever trade he may practise,
it turns out a failure.

Again in this matter, Sariputta,
suppose someone comes to a recluse or brahmin
and makes him an offer, saying:

"Sir, say what you want
by way of support."

But he does not give him
what he intended to give.

Then, if this man deceases [92] from that life
and returns to this sort of life,
whatever trade he may practise,
it does not turn out as he intended.

Then again, Sariputta,
suppose someone comes to a recluse or brahmin
and makes him an offer, saying:

"Sir, say what you want
by way of support."

And gives him what he intended to give.

Then, if this man deceases from that life
and returns to this sort of life,
whatever trade he may practise,
turns out as he intended.

Once more, Sariputta,
suppose someone comes to a recluse or brahmin
and makes him a similar offer, saying:

"Sir, say what you want
by way of support."

And gives him more than he intended to give.

Then if this man deceases from that life
and returns to this sort of life,
whatever trade he may practise,
it prospers beyond his intention.

This, Sariputta, is the reason,
this is the cause
why such and such a trade
practised by some person
turns out a failure.

This, Sariputta, is the reason,
this is the cause
why such and such a trade
practised by some person
does not turn out as he intended.

This, Sariputta, is the reason,
this is the cause
why such and such a trade
practised by some person
does turn out as he intended.

This, Sariputta, is the reason,
this is the cause
why such and such a trade
practised by some person
prospers beyond his intention."

 


[1] Payutta, not 'wasted,' as this passage is translated in P.Dict. Cf. Sn. v. 404, payojaye dhammikaṃ so vaṇijjaṃ (in order to prosper the householder should practise a lawful trade).

[2] Parādhippāya. (Comy. par'ajjhāsayā, ajjhāsayato adhikataraphalā hoti.)

[3] Quoted SnA. ii. 171 on Sn. v. 101, yo brāhmaṇaṃ vā samaṇaṃ vā aññaṃ vāpi vanibbakaṃ musāvādena vañceti ...


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