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Aṅguttara Nikāya
VIII. Aṭṭhaka Nipāta
III: Gahapati-Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Eights
III: On Householders

Sutta 27

Bala suttaɱ

Attributes (a)

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[223] [150]

[1][olds][bodh] 'Monks, there are these eight attributes.[1]

What eight?

The attribute of children is crying;
of women-folk, scolding;
of thieves, fighting;[2]
of rajahs, rule;
of fools, contention;[3]
of wise men, suavity;
of the learned, scrutiny;[4]
of recluse and godly man, patience.

These, monks, are the eight attributes.'


[1] Bala, generally 'power,' as above, p.2.

[2] Āvudha, lit. weapon.

Proverbs xviii, 6: A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

p.p. explains it all — p.p.

[3] Ujjhatti. Comy. ujjhāna; cf. Dhp. 253; Proverbs xviii, 6.

[4] Paṭisankhāna. Comy. paccavekkhana; cf. DhS. trsl. 354.

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