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Aṅguttara Nikāya
Catukka Nipāta
XXIV: Kamma Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
Chapter XXIV: The Deed[1]

Sutta 231

Paṭhama Kamma Suttaɱ

In Brief

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

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[1] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


"Yes, lord," they replied,
and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, these four deeds I have myself comprehended,
and made known.

What four?

There is a dark deed
with a dark result;
a bright deed
with a bright result;
a deed that is both dark and bright,
with a dark and bright result;
and the deed that is neither dark nor bright,
with a result neither dark nor bright,
which being itself a deed
conduces to the waning of deeds.[2]

These four deeds I have myself comprehended,
and made known."


[1] Comy. calls this Magga-Vagga.

[2] Cf. Expos. i, 118; Netti, 159 (which calls the last named nibbedho); A. iii, 384. Cf. also K.S. i, p. 118 f.

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