4. Catukka Nipaata
IV. Cakka Vagga
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
IV. The Book of the Fours
IV. The Wheel
Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
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Giving, endearing speech, beneficent conduct, and impartiality.
These are the four means of attracting and sustaining others."|| ||
Giving, endearing speech,
beneficent conduct, and impartiality
under diverse worldly conditions,
as is suitable to fit each case:
these means of attracting and sustaining
are like the linchpin of a rolling chariot.|| ||
If there were no such means
of attracting and sustaining,
neither mother nor father
would be able to obtain esteem
and veneration from their son.|| ||
But these means of
attracting and sustaining exist,
and therefore the wise respect them;
thus they attain to greatness
and are highly praised.