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Saɱyutta Nikāya:
III. Khandhā Vagga:
29: Nāga Saɱutta

The Book of the
Kindred Sayings
Kindred Sayings on Nāgas

Sutta 2

Paṇītatara Suttaɱ

Pre-eminent

Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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[1][olds] Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One was once staying near Sāvatthī
at the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

And there the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren!"

"Master!" responded those brethren.

The Exalted One said:

"There are these four sorts of birth, brethren,
as nāgas.

What four?

The egg-born,
the womb-born
the sweat-born,
those born without parents.

 


 

Herein, brethren, the womb-born,
the sweat-born
and those born without parents
are better than[1] the egg-born.

The sweat-born[ed1]
and those born without parents
are better than the womb-born
and the egg-born.

Those born without parents,
are better than the sweat-born
the womb-born,
and the egg-born.

Such, brethren, are the four sorts of births as nāgas.'

These, brethren, are the four sorts of birth as nāgas.

 


[1] Paṇītatara

 


[ed1] Woodward abridges as follows:

Herein, brethren, the womb-born,
the sweat-born
and those born without parents
are better than the egg-born.

The two latter sorts
are better than the two former,
and the last three
are better than the egg-born.

which would repeat the first sequence for the last sequence.


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