IV. Sumanaa Vagga
The Book of Fives
Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds
One time the Lucky man addressed the beggars, saying:
And "Bhagava!" the beggars responded.
Then the Lucky Man said:
"There are these five advantages to be had by giving:
The giver is here and now considered good and is liked by many.
Again, good and wise men gather round the giver.
Again, the giver gets a good reputation.
Again, the giving housefather is not one who deviates from good ethical standards.
And at the breakup of the body at death the giver finds consciousness again in a happy state among the gods."