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A'nguttara Nikaaya
X. Dasaka-Nipaata
II. Naatha Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
X. The Book of the Tens
II: Things Making for Warding

Sutta 15

Appamaada Sutta.m

Seriousness

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

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Monks, as compared with creatures, whether footless, bipeds, quadrupeds, or those of many feet, with form or void of form, with sense or void of sense, or indeterminate in sense, a Wayfarer, an arahant, a fully enlightened one is reckoned chief of them, even so, monks, whatsoever good states there be, all of them are rooted in seriousness, unite in seriousness, of those states seriousness is reckoned chief.[1]

Just as, monks, of all the foot-characteristics of such creatures as roam about[2] are joined together in the foot of the elephant, and as the elephant's foot in size is reckoned chief, even so, whatsoever good states there be, all of them are rooted in seriousness, unite in seriousness, of those states seriousness is reckoned chief.

Just as, monks, in a peaked house all the rafters whatsoever go together to the roof-peak, slope to the roof-peak, are joined together in the roof-peak, and of them the roof-peak is reckoned chief, even so, monks, whatsoever good states there be, all of them are rooted in seriousness, unite in seriousness, of those states seriousness is reckoned chief.

Just as, monks, of all root scents, black gum[3] is reckoned chief, even so whatsoever good states there be. ...

Just as of all wood scents red sandalwood is reckoned chief ...

Just as of all flower scents the jasmine is reckoned chief ...

Just as all petty princes whatsoever follow in the train of the universal monarch and he is reckoned chief of them. ...

Just as of all starry bodies whatsoever the radiance does not equal one-sixteenth part of the radiance of the moon and the moon's radiance is reckoned chief of them. ...

Just as in the autumn season, when the sky is opened up and cleared of clouds, the sun leaping up into the firmament drives away all darkness and shines and burns and flashes forth. ...

Just as, monks, whatsoever great rivers there be,[4] such as Gangaa, Yamunaa, Aciravatii, Sarabhuu and Mahii, all of them make for, flow to, slide and tend to the ocean, and the mighty ocean is reckoned chief of them, even so, monks, whatsoever good states there be, all of them are rooted in seriousness, of these states seriousness is reckoned chief.'

 


[1] Cf. A. ii, 34; iii, 35 = G.S. ii, 38; iii, 26.

[2] Reading jangamaana'n for text's jangalaana'n; cf. K.S. v, 34 ff. and notes.

[3] Kaa'aa.nusaarii. P. Dict. 'a fragrant black substance.' According to Benfey's Sanskrit Dict. (ref. to Sucr. ii, 94, 21) it is benzoin; 'gumbenjamin' is a thick juice flowing from cuts in the bark of a tree in Sumatra. Elsewhere I have wrongly translated (K.S. iii, 132; v, 35) as 'dark sandalwood.'

[4] Cf. K.S. v, 32, etc.


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