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Anguttara Nikaya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
XX. Brāhmaṇa Vaggo

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
Chapter XX: The Brāman

Sutta 199

Kula Suttaṃ

The Family

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1][than] 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, when virtuous world-forsakers approach a family,
men there in five ways
beget much merit.

In what five?

Monks, when virtuous world-forsakers approach,
men, seeing them,
make calm their hearts;
monks, that leads heavenward
and the family then
has stepped a step along the way.[1]

Or when virtuous world-forsakers approach,
men stand up,
salute
and offer a seat;
monks, that leads to birth in higher rank
and the family then
has stepped a step along the way.

Or when virtuous world-forsakers approach,
men rid themselves
of all stain of meanness;
monks, that leads to great power
and the family then
has stepped a step along the way.

[179] Or when virtuous world-forsakers approach,
men share (their food)
as means and power allow;
monks, that leads to great wealth
and the family thea
has stepped a step along the way.

Or when virtuous world-forsakers approach,
men ask,
make question about
and listen to Dhamma;
monks, that leads to great wisdom
and the family then
has stepped a step along the way.

Monks, when virtuous world-forsakers approach a family,
men there in these five ways
beget much merit.'

 


[1] Paṭipadaṃ paṭipannaṃ hoti.


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