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Anguttara Nikāya
Sattaka Nipāta
Devatā vaggo

The Book of the
Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sevens
Chapter IV: Devas

Sutta 32

Fair Speech

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[1][ati] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī,
at Jeta Grove, in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:


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

Monks, this night a deva,
whose surpassing loveliness lit up almost the whole of Jeta Grove,
saluted and stood at one side;
and so standing,
the deva spoke to me and said:

"Lord, these seven things lead not to a monk's decline.

What seven?

Reverence for the Master,
the training,
fair speech
and good friendship'.

Indeed, lord, these seven things lead not to a monk's decline.'

Thus spake that deva, Monks,
and I approved;
and seeing this,
the deva saluted
and passed out on the right.

Deep reverence for the Master, Dhamma, Order;
Tbe training, concentration keenly held
In high esteem; fair speech, good friendship, meekness:
Not thus can monk decline; he's nigh the cool.

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