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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Sattaka Nipāta
IV. Devatā Vagga

Sutta 31

Appamāda-Gārava Suttaɱ

Heedfulness

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Proofed against and modified in accordance with the revised edition at dhammatalks.org
Provenance, terms and conditons

 


 

[1][pts] Then a certain devatā,
in the far extreme of the night,
her extreme radiance lighting up the entirety of Jeta's Grove,
went to the Blessed One.

On arrival, having bowed down to him,
she stood to one side.

As she was standing there,
she said to the Blessed One,

"These seven qualities, lord,
lead to a monk's non-decline.

Which seven?

Respect for the teacher,
respect for the Dhamma,
respect for the Saŋgha,
respect for training,
respect for concentration,
respect for heedfulness,
respect for hospitality.

These seven qualities, lord,
lead to the non-decline of a monk."

That is what the devatā said.

The Teacher approved.

Sensing, "The Teacher approves of me,"
the devatā bowed down to the Blessed One and,
circled him three times,
keeping him to his right,
and then disappeared right there.

Then when the night had past,
The Blessed One addressed the monks:

"Last night, monks,
a certain devatā in the far extreme of the night,
her extreme radiance lighting up the entirety of Jeta's Grove,
came to me and, on arrival,
bowed down to me and stood to one side.

As she was standing there,
she said to me,

'These seven qualities, lord,
lead to a monk's non-decline.

Which seven?

Respect for the teacher,
respect for the Dhamma,
respect for the Saŋgha,
respect for training,
respect for concentration,
respect for heedfulness,
respect for hospitality.

These seven qualities, lord,
lead to the non-decline of a monk.'

"That is what that devatā said.

Having said it,
she bowed down to me,
circled me three times,
and then disappeared right there."

Respecting the Teacher
respecting the Dhamma,
and with fierce respect for the Saŋgha,
respecting concentration, ardent,
and with fierce respect for training,
a monk respecting heedfulness,
and with respect for hospitality
— incapable of decline —
is right in the presence of unbinding.|| ||

 


 

Of Related Interest:

AN 7.32;
AN 7.33;
AN 7.34;
SN 16.13


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