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XI: Valaahaka Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours Chapter XI: Rain-Cloud

Sutta 104

Pa.thama Udakarahada Sutta.m

Pools of Water (a)[1]

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

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[1] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Saavatthii at Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted ONe.

The Exalted One said this:

"Monks, there are these four pools of water.

What four?

The shallow which looks deep,
the deep which looks shallow,
the shallow which looks shallow,
and the deep which looks deep.[2]

These are the four pools of water.


[1] Cf. Pugg. 46.

[2] Cf. Dialogues, ii, p. 50, 'deep it is and it looks deep.'

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