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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Chakkanipata
VII. Devatā Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sixes
Chapter VII: The Devas

Sutta 68

Saŋgaṇikārāma Suttaṃ

Company[1]

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:

'Verily, monks, that a monk delighting in company,
delighted by company,
absorbed in the delights of company,
delighting in gatherings,[2]
delighted by gatherings,
absorbed in the delights of gatherings,
shall find delight alone,
in seclusion -
that cannot be;

and that without finding delight in seclusion,
he shall grasp the salient fact of mind -
that cannot be;

and that without grasping the salient fact of mind,
he shall become perfect in right view -
that cannot be;

and that without becoming perfect in right view,
he shall become perfect in right concentration -
that cannot be;

and that without becoming perfect in right concentration,
he shall abandon the fetters -
that cannot be;

and that without abandoning the fetters,
he shall realize Nibbāna -
that cannot be.'

 


 

'But verily, monks,
that a monk not delighting in company,
not delighted by company,
not absorbed in the delights of company,
not delighting in gatherings,
not delighted by gatherings,
not absorbed in the delights of gatherings,
shall find delight alone,
in seclusion -
that can be;

and that with finding delight in seclusion,
he shall grasp the salient fact of mind -
that can be;

and that with grasping the salient fact of mind,
he shall become perfect in right view -
that can be;

and that with becoming perfect in right view,
he shall become perfect in right concentration -
that can be;

and that with becoming perfect in right concentration,
he shall abandon the fetters -
that can be;

and that with abandoning the fetters,
he shall realize Nibbāna -
that can be.'

 


[1] Both our text and S.e. in the Uddāna omit mention of this.

[2] Comy. says of Suttanta-repeaters or fellows of his own sort.


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