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Anguttara Nikāya
Sattaka Nipāta

The Book of the
Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sevens

Sutta 21

The Monk

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[1][than] Thus have I heard:

Once, while dwelling on Mount Vulture Peak,
the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks, I will teach you seven things that cause not decline;
pay heed,
I win speak!'

'Yes, lord,' the monks rejoined;
and the Exalted One said:

'And what, monks, are these seven things
that cause not decline?

So long as the monks shall be often assembled,
much in assembly,
growth may be expected,
not decline;
so long as they shall sit down in concord,
rise up in concord,
do business in concord;
shall not decree the undecreed,
nor repeal the decreed,
but conform to the decreed training;
shall honour,
revere the elders,
monks of experience,
long gone forth,
fathers of the Order,
leaders of the Order,
and deem them worthy to be heard:
shall fall not into the power of craving's surge,
the cause of renewed becoming;
shall cleave[1] to the forest bed and seat;
shall each in himself make mindfulness stand up,
and it shall be known
that pious men in godly fellowship
may come there from abroad
and that those there dwell in comfort -
growth may be expected for the monks, not decline.

And so long as these seven things that cause not decline
shall endure among the monks
and they shall live in conformity therewith,
growth may be expected, not decline.


[1] Sāpekkha. Comy. Sālaya.

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