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Anguttara Nikāya
Chakka-Nipata
III: Anuttariya-Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sixes
Chapter III: Above All

Sutta 22

Aparihānīya-Dhamma Suttaɱ

The Unfailing

Translated from the Pali 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.

There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

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

'Monks, six are these things
that fail not
I will teach you;
listen,
pay heed and I will speak.

And what, monks, are these six?

Delighting not in worldly activity,[1]
in talk,
in sleep,
in company;
fair speech
and friendship with good men.

Verily, monks, these are the six things
that fail not.

Monks, all those who
in the long road of the past
have failed not in righteousness,
have failed not in righteousness
just because of these six things;
all those who in the long road of the future
shall fail not in righteousness,
shall fail not in righteousness,
just because of these six things;
yea, monks, all who now fail not in righteousness,
fail not in righteousness
just because of these six things.'

 


[1] Kamma.

 


 

References:

See AN 6.21 for what was probably the beginning of this sutta.


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