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Aŋguttara Nikāya
XI. Ekā-Dasaka Nipāta
II. Anussati Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Elevens
II. Recollection

Sutta 16

Mettā-Nisaɱsa Suttaɱ

Advantages[1]

Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1][than][piya] Monks, eleven advantages are to be looked for
from the release of heart
by the practice of amity,
by making amity to grow,
by making much of it,
by making amity a vehicle and basis,
by persisting in it,
by becoming familiar with it,
by well establishing it.

What are the eleven?

[1] One sleeps happy
[2] and wakes happy;
[3] he sees no evil dream;
[4] he is dear to human beings
[5] and non-human beings alike;[2]
[6] the devas guard him;
[7] fire, poison or sword affect him not;
[8] quickly he concentrates his mind;
[9] his complexion is serene;
[10] he makes an end without bewilderment;
[11] and if he has penetrated no further (to Arahantship)
he reaches (at death) the Brahma-worId.

These eleven advantages
are to be looked for
from the release of the heart
by the practice of amity,
by making amity to grow,
by making much of it,
by making amity a vehicle and basis,
by persisting in it,
by becoming familiar with it,
by well establishing amity."

 


[1] This favourite sutta, quoted JA. No. 169; Mil. Pañh. 198 (trans. i. 279); Path of Purity, ii, 352 (which passage Comy. quotes).

[2] Comy. and V.M. 3]2, 'like the elder Visākha.' Cf. G.S. ii, 59.


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