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Anguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka Nipāta
9. Thera Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
IX. The Elder

Sutta 86

Analysis

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī,
at Jeta Grove, in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

'Yes, lord,' they replied;
and the Exalted One said:

'Monks, possessed of five qualities,
among his fellows in the godly life
an elder becomes dear and pleasant,
respected and what he ought to become.

He is a master of logical analysis;
a master in analyzing causal relations;
a master of grammatical analysis;
a master in analyzing things knowable;[1]
what things have to be done by his fellow-men,
living the godly life,
either great or small,
therein he is able and active,
alive to investigating such matters;
ready to do and get them done.[2]

Monks, possessed of these five qualities,
among his fellows in the godly life
an elder becomes dear and pleasant,
respected and what he ought to become.

 


[1] See discussion on these terms at Pts. of Contr. 377 ff. On these terms our Comy. observes: pañcasu atthesu pabhedagatañāṇaɱ patto; catubbhidhe dhamme ...; dhamma-niruttisu ...; tesu tīṇi ñāṇesu ...

[2] For this passage see above, §33; Vin. i, 70; A. v, M.


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