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Anguttara Nikāya
Sattaka Nipāta

The Book of the
Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sevens

The Recital
II

Persons Worthy of Offerings[1]

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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Sutta 91:

Impermanance in Respect of the Eye

[91.1] 'Monks, there are these seven persons,
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

What seven?

Monks, herein a monk abides seeing the impermanence of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He by destroying the cankers,
he enters and abides in the cankerless mind-emancipation,
wisdom-emancipation,
here and now,
realizing it himself by knowledge;
attains emancipation eve in this life.

This then monks, is the first person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the impermanence of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

This one attains emancipation and death at the same time.

This then monks, is the second person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the impermanence of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He destroys the five lower fetters and becomes completely cool after an interval.

This then monks, is the third person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the impermanence of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool after lessening his period.

This then monks, is the fourth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the impermanence of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool without (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the fifth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the impermanence of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool with some (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the sixth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the impermanence of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes part of the upward stream, bound for the highest.

This then monks, is the seventh person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

Monks, these are the seven.

 

§

 

Sutta 92:

Ill in Respect of the Eye

[92.1] 'Monks, there are these seven persons,
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

What seven?

Monks, herein a monk abides seeing the ill of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He by destroying the cankers,
he enters and abides in the cankerless mind-emancipation,
wisdom-emancipation,
here and now,
realizing it himself by knowledge;
attains emancipation eve in this life.

This then monks, is the first person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the ill of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

This one attains emancipation and death at the same time.

This then monks, is the second person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the ill of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He destroys the five lower fetters and becomes completely cool after an interval.

This then monks, is the third person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the ill of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool after lessening his period.

This then monks, is the fourth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the ill of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool without (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the fifth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the ill of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool with some (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the sixth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the impermanence of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes part of the upward stream, bound for the highest.

This then monks, is the seventh person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

Monks, these are the seven.

 

§

 

Sutta 93:

No Self in Respect of the Eye

[93.1] 'Monks, there are these seven persons,
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

What seven?

Monks, herein a monk abides seeing the no self of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He by destroying the cankers,
he enters and abides in the cankerless mind-emancipation,
wisdom-emancipation,
here and now,
realizing it himself by knowledge;
attains emancipation eve in this life.

This then monks, is the first person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the no self of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

This one attains emancipation and death at the same time.

This then monks, is the second person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the no self of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He destroys the five lower fetters and becomes completely cool after an interval.

This then monks, is the third person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the no self of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool after lessening his period.

This then monks, is the fourth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the no self of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool without (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the fifth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the no self of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool with some (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the sixth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the no self of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes part of the upward stream, bound for the highest.

This then monks, is the seventh person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

Monks, these are the seven.

 

§

 

Sutta 94:

Destruction in Respect of the Eye

[94.1] 'Monks, there are these seven persons,
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

What seven?

Monks, herein a monk abides seeing the destruction of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He by destroying the cankers,
he enters and abides in the cankerless mind-emancipation,
wisdom-emancipation,
here and now,
realizing it himself by knowledge;
attains emancipation eve in this life.

This then monks, is the first person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the destruction of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

This one attains emancipation and death at the same time.

This then monks, is the second person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the destruction of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He destroys the five lower fetters and becomes completely cool after an interval.

This then monks, is the third person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the destruction of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool after lessening his period.

This then monks, is the fourth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the destruction of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool without (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the fifth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the destruction of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool with some (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the sixth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the destruction of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes part of the upward stream, bound for the highest.

This then monks, is the seventh person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

Monks, these are the seven.

 

§

 

Sutta 95:

Decay in Respect of the Eye

[95.1] 'Monks, there are these seven persons,
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

What seven?

Monks, herein a monk abides seeing the decay of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He by destroying the cankers,
he enters and abides in the cankerless mind-emancipation,
wisdom-emancipation,
here and now,
realizing it himself by knowledge;
attains emancipation eve in this life.

This then monks, is the first person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the decay of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

This one attains emancipation and death at the same time.

This then monks, is the second person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the decay of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He destroys the five lower fetters and becomes completely cool after an interval.

This then monks, is the third person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the decay of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool after lessening his period.

This then monks, is the fourth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the decay of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool without (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the fifth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the decay of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool with some (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the sixth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the decay of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes part of the upward stream, bound for the highest.

This then monks, is the seventh person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

Monks, these are the seven.

 

§

 

Sutta 96:

Dispassion in Respect of the Eye

[96.1] 'Monks, there are these seven persons,
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

What seven?

Monks, herein a monk abides seeing dispassion for the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He by destroying the cankers,
he enters and abides in the cankerless mind-emancipation,
wisdom-emancipation,
here and now,
realizing it himself by knowledge;
attains emancipation eve in this life.

This then monks, is the first person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing dispassion for the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

This one attains emancipation and death at the same time.

This then monks, is the second person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing dispassion for the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He destroys the five lower fetters and becomes completely cool after an interval.

This then monks, is the third person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing dispassion for the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool after lessening his period.

This then monks, is the fourth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing dispassion for the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool without (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the fifth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing dispassion for the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool with some (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the sixth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing dispassion for the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes part of the upward stream, bound for the highest.

This then monks, is the seventh person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

Monks, these are the seven.

 

§

 

Sutta 97:

Ending in Respect of the Eye

[97.1] 'Monks, there are these seven persons,
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

What seven?

Monks, herein a monk abides seeing the ending of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He by destroying the cankers,
he enters and abides in the cankerless mind-emancipation,
wisdom-emancipation,
here and now,
realizing it himself by knowledge;
attains emancipation eve in this life.

This then monks, is the first person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the ending of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

This one attains emancipation and death at the same time.

This then monks, is the second person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the ending of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He destroys the five lower fetters and becomes completely cool after an interval.

This then monks, is the third person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the ending of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool after lessening his period.

This then monks, is the fourth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the ending of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool without (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the fifth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the ending of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool with some (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the sixth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing the ending of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes part of the upward stream, bound for the highest.

This then monks, is the seventh person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

Monks, these are the seven.

 

§

 

Sutta 98:

Renunciation in Respect of the Eye

[98.1] 'Monks, there are these seven persons,
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

What seven?

Monks, herein a monk abides seeing renunciation of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He by destroying the cankers,
he enters and abides in the cankerless mind-emancipation,
wisdom-emancipation,
here and now,
realizing it himself by knowledge;
attains emancipation eve in this life.

This then monks, is the first person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing renunciation of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

This one attains emancipation and death at the same time.

This then monks, is the second person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing renunciation of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He destroys the five lower fetters and becomes completely cool after an interval.

This then monks, is the third person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing renunciation of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool after lessening his period.

This then monks, is the fourth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing renunciation of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool without (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the fifth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing renunciation of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes completely cool with some (karmic) residue.

This then monks, is the sixth person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

 


 

Again, monks, a monk abides seeing renunciation of the eye
conscious of it,
aware of it,
at all times,
continually,
without a break,
marking it mentally,
fathoming it by wisdom.

He becomes part of the upward stream, bound for the highest.

This then monks, is the seventh person
worthy of offerings,
worthy of gifts,
worthy of oblations,
the world's peerless field for merit.

Monks, these are the seven.

 


[1] Cf. above, pp. 8 and 41 ff., where the formula is given in full.


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