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Aŋguttaranikāyo
Catukkanipāto
XII: Kesi Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours Chapter XII: Kesi

Sutta 112

Assājānīya-java Suttaṃ

Speed[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 was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, possessed of four qualities
a rajah's goodly thoroughbred steed
is worthy of a rajah,
and is reckoned an attribute of a rajah.

What are the four qualities?

Straightness,[2]
speed,
patience
and docility.

Possessed of these four qualities
a rajah's goodly thoroughbred steed
is worthy of a rajah,
and is reckoned an attribute of a rajah.

In like manner, monks,
possessed of four qualities
a monk is worshipful,
worthy of gifts and offerings,
of salutations with clasped hands,
a field of merit unsurpassed for the world.

What four?

Straightness,
speed,
patience
and docility.

Possessed of these four qualities
a monk is worshipful,
worthy of gifts and offerings,
of salutations with clasped hands,
a field of merit unsurpassed for the world."

 


[1] cf. A. iii, 94.

[2] Ajjava = uju-bhāva. Comy.


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