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A'nguttara-Nikaaya
III. Tika Nipaato
III. Puggala Vagga

Sutta 21

Kaayasakkhii (aka Savi.t.tha) Sutta.m

Venerable Savi.t.tha

Translated from the Pali by
Sister Upalavana

 


 

[1.1][pts][olds][bodh] I heard thus.

At one time the Blessed One was living in the monastery offered by Anaathapi.n.dika in Jeta's grove in Saavatthi.

Then venerable Savi.t.tha and venerable Mahaa Ko.t.thita approached venerable Saariputta, exchanged friendly greetings and sat on a side.

Then venerable Saariputta said to venerable Savi.t.tha: Friend, Savi.t.tha, three kinds of persons are evident in the world.

What three?

The body witness, the one come to righteousness of view and the one released through faith.

Of these three persons which person is excellent and more pleasing to you?

Friend, Saariputta, of these three, such as the body witness, the one come to righteousness of view and the one released through faith, that one released through faith is more pleasing to me as his faculty of faith is much developed.

Then venerable Saariputta said to venerable Mahaa Ko.t.thita:

Friend, Ko.t.thita, three kinds of persons are evident in the world.

What three?

The body witness, the one come to righteousness of view and the one released through faith.

Of these three persons which person is more pleasing to you?

Friend, Saariputta, of these three, such as the body witness, the one come to righteousness of view and the one released through faith, the body witness is more pleasing to me as his faculty of concentration is much developed.

Then venerable Mahaa Ko.t.thita said to venerable Saariputta:

Friend, Saariputta, three kinds of persons are evident in the world.

What three?

The body witness, the one come to righteousness of view and the one released through faith.

Of these three persons which person is more pleasing to you?

Friend, Mahaa Ko.t.thita, of these three, such as the body witness, the one come to righteousness of view and the one released through faith, the one come to righteousness of view is more pleasing to me as his faculty of wisdom is much developed.

Then venerable Saariputta said thus to venerable Savi.t.tha and venerable Mahaa Ko.t.thita:

Friends, we have each declared this according to our individual understandings.

Now let us approach the Blessed One and ask, as to which is the excellent and most pleasing. Venerable Saariputta, venerable Savi.t.tha and venerable Mahaa Ko.t.thita approached the Blessed One, worshipped and sat on a side and venerable Saariputta related all the conversation that took place between himself, venerable Savi.t.tha and venerable Mahaa Ko.t.thita.

The Blessed One said:

Saariputta, it cannot be stated easily, of these three persons, which one is more pleasing and excellent. It can be stated that when the one released through faith has come to the path of worthiness.

The body witness and the one come righteousness of view are either to return to this world or not return.

Saariputta, it cannot be stated easily, of these three persons, which one is more pleasing and excellent.

It can be stated that when the body witness has come to the path of worthiness.

The one released through faith and the one come to righteousness of view are either to return to this world once or not return.

Saariputta, it cannot be stated easily, of these three persons, which one is more pleasing and excellent.

It can be stated that when the one come to righteousness of view, has come to the path of worthiness.

The body witness and the one released through faith are either to return to this world once or not return.


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