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Saɱyutta Nikāya
I. Sagātha Vagga
1. Devatā-Saɱyutta
VIII. Chetvā Vagga

Sutta 71

Ghatva Sutta

Having Killed

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
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[71.1][rhyc][bodh] As she was standing to one side, a devatā recited this verse to the Blessed One:

Having killed what
    do you sleep in ease?
Having killed what
    do you not grieve?
Of the slaying
of what one thing
    does Gotama approve?

[The Buddha:]

Having killed anger
    you sleep in ease.
Having killed anger
    you do not grieve.
The noble ones praise
the slaying of anger
    — with its honeyed crest
    and poison root —
for having killed it
    you do not grieve.


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