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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When they had concluded their greetings and cordial talk, he sat down to one side and said to the Blessed One:
"Does Master Gotama praise sacrifice."
"I do not praise all sacrifice, brahmin, nor do I withhold praise from all sacrifice.
(1) I do not praise a violent sacrifice at which cattle, goats, rams, chickens, and pigs are slain, at which various creatures are led to slaughter.
(2) For what reason?
Because arahants and those who have entered the path to arahantship do not attend a violent sacrifice.
(3) "But I praise a non-violent sacrifice at which cattle, goats, rams, chickens, and pigs are not slain, where various creatures are not slaughtered, that is, a regular giving, a sacrifice offered by family custom.
(4) For what reason?
Because arahants and those who have entered the path to arahantship attend a non-violent sacrifice."
The horse sacrifice, human sacrifice,
sammaapaasa, vaajapeyya,  niragga.la:
these grand sacrifices, fraught with violence,
do not bring great fruit.
The great seers of right conduct
do not attend a sacrifice
where goats, rams, cattle,
and various creatures are slain.
But when they regularly offer by family custom
sacrifices free from violence,
no goats, sheep, and cattle
or various creatures are slain.
That is the sacrifice the great seers
of right conduct attend.
The wise person should offer this;
this sacrifice is very fruitful.
For one who makes such sacrifice
it is indeed better, never worse.
Such a sacrifice is truly vast
and the deities too are pleased.