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Aṅguttara Nikāya
VIII. Aṭṭhaka Nipāta
II: Mahā Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Eights
II. The Great Chapter

Sutta 15

Mala Suttaɱ

The Stains

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[195] [134]

[1][bodh] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī,
at Jeta Grove,
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


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

2. 'Monks, there are these eight stains.

What eight?

Monks, non-repeating is the mantras' stain;
not rising[1] is the stain of houses;
sluggishness is the stain of beauty;
carelessness is the stain of a guard;
misconduct is the stain of a woman;
stint is the stain in giving;
evil and unrighteous states
are stains in this world and the next;
but there is a greater stain than these,
ignorance is the greatest stain.

Monks, these are the eight stains.



In non-repeating lies the mantras' stain;
Not rising, that of homes; and sluggishness
Is beauty's stain; a guard's is carelessness;
Misconduct is a woman's stain; in gifts
The stain is stint. In sooth, all sins are stains
Hereafter and on earth. But greater stain
Than these is ignorance, the greatest stain.[2]


Aniṭṭhā. Probably 'not finishing' or 'incompleteness' would be better; but also possibly 'lack of a foundation'.

p.p. explains it all — p.p.

[1] Aniṭṭhāna.

[2] These verses recur at Dhp. 241 f. (S.B.B. vii); cf. also K.S. i, 53; v, 46 for other stains.

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