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Anguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka Nipāta
16. Saddhamma Vaggo

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives

Chapter XVI: Saddhamma

Sutta 152

Dutiya Sammattaniyāma Suttaɱ

The Saddhamma Way (b)

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1][olds] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One dwelt near Sāvatthī;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

'Monks, pursuing five courses
and not hearkening unto Saddhamma
he does not become one to enter the way,
the right way
in right things.

What five?

He belittles talk,
belittles the talker,
he belittles the self,
is stupid, a dullard and lack-wit
and is not given[1] to thinking of his knowledge of the unknown.

Verily, monks, pursuing these five courses
and not hearkening unto Saddhamma
he does not become one
to enter the way,
the right way
in right things.'

 


 

'Monks, pursuing five courses
and hearkening unto Saddhamma
he must become one to enter the way,
the right way
in right things.

What five?

He does not belittle talk,
nor belittle the talker,
he does not belittle the self,
hears Dhamma with unperturbed mind
is filled with insight, no dullard or lack-wit,
given to thinking of his knowledge of the unknown.

Verily, monks, pursuing these five courses
and hearkening unto Saddhamma
he must become one
to enter the way,
the right way
in right things.'

 


[1] -mānī, a causative formation from \/Ḥman, to think; a man, opinionated, so conceited. Cf. Brethr. 336: 'Deeming they know the depths of truth.'


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