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Saɱyutta Nikāya
II. Nidāna Vagga
14. Dhātu-Saɱyuttaɱ
III. Kamma-Patha Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
II. The Book Called the Nidāna-Vagga
Containing Kindred sayings on Cause
and Other Subjects
14. The Kindred Sayings on Element
3. Courses of Action

Sutta 24

Du-s-Sīla Suttaɱ

The Vicious

Translated by Mrs. Rhys Davids
Assisted by F. L. Woodward

Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
Public Domain



[1] THUS have I heard.

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

Then the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:


"Yes, lord," replied those brethren to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

"Through an element it is, brethren,
that beings flow together,
meet together.

Unbelievers flow together,
meet together with unbelievers,
the unconscientious with the unconscientious,
the indiscreet with the indiscreet,
the vicious with the vicious,
the unwise with the unwise.

Believers flow together,
meet together with believers,
the conscientious with the conscientious,
the discreet with the discreet,
the virtuous with the virtuous,
the wise with the wise."

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