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A'nguttara Nikaaya
Pa~ncaka Nipaata
VII: Sa~n~naa Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
VII: Thoughts

Sutta 61

Pa.thama Sa~n~naa Sutta.m

Thoughts (a)[1]

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[79] [65]

[1][olds][bodh] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One dwelt near Saavatthii;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:

'Monks.'

'Yes, lord,' they replied; and the Exalted One said:

'Monks,[2] these five thoughts,
when made become,
made an increase in,
are very fruitful,
of great advantage,
merging in the deathless,
having the deathless as their goal.

What five?

The thought of foulness;
the thought of death;
the thought of peril;
the thought of the cloying of food;
the sense of distaste as to the world.

Verily, monks, these five thoughts,
when made become,
made an increase in,
are very fruitful,
of great advantage,
merging in the deathless,
having the deathless as their goal.'

 


[1] Sa~n~naa, as vague a tern as is popularly our 'thought.'

[2] Cf. D. iii, 289; S. v, 132; A. i, 41, etc.


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