III. Tika Nipāta
V. Cūḷa Vagga
The Book of the Gradual Sayings
III. The Book of the Threes
V. The Minor Section
Translated from the Pali by
F.L. Woodward, M.A.
On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.
Then he addressed the monks, saying:
"Yes, Lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.
The Exalted One said this:
"Monks, a believer is to be recognized by three characteristics.
He desires to see the virtuous;
he desires to hear Saddhamma;
with heart free from the taint of stinginess
he dwells at home,
a generous giver,
delighting in giving up,
one to ask a favour of,
one who delights to share gifts  with others.
By these three characteristics a believer is to be recognized as such."
Let him desire to see the virtuous,
Let him desire to hear Saddhamma preached,
Let him remove the taint of stinginess,
If he would be by men "believer" called.
 Taking vineyya as optative, not gerund.