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Anguttara Nikaaya
Pa~ncaka Nipaata
XXII. Akkosaka-Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
Chapter XXII: The Abuser

Sutta 211

Akkosaka Sutta.m

Abuse

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1] 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, that monk who abuses and reviles
men that lead the godly life;
who rails at Ariyans[1] -
five disadvantages may be expected for him.

What five?

[185] Either he merits expulsion,
a definite hindrance;[2]
or he commits a foul offence;[3]
or he is stricken by a grievous[4] disease or illness;
or he dies muddled (in thought);[5]
and on the breaking up of the body after death
he arises in the wayward way,
the ill way,
the abyss,
hell.

Monks, that monk who abuses and reviles
men that lead the godly life;
who rails at Ariyans -
these five disadvantages may be expected for him.'

 


[1] Cf. A. v, 160.

[2] Chinna-paripantho, a 'cut,' precise hindrance; Cf. paricchindati. Comy. lök'uttara-paripanthassa chinnattaa. The compound is unusual; chinna- generally means 'without.'

[3] Cf. S. ii, 271; A. v, 169.

[4] Our text with S.e. reads baa.lha; A. ii, 174 and v, 169 gaa.lha; but Cf. D. i, 72.

[5] Nyaa'natiloka has a restless death, which is hardly accurate.


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