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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Sattaka Nipāta
IV. Devatā Vagga

Sutta 32

Hiri-Gārava Suttaɱ

A Sense of Shame

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]"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?

Respecting the teacher,
respecting the Dhamma,
and with fierce respect for the Saṅgha,
respecting concentration, ardent
and with fierce respect for training,
consummate in shame & compunction,
deferential, respectful
 —incapable of decline—
one is right in the presence of unbinding.

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

"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 respecting the Saŋgha,
respecting concentration, ardent,
and with fierce respecting training,
consummate in shame & compunction,
deferential, respectful
— incapable of decline —
one is right in the presence of unbinding.

 


 

Of Related Interest:

AN 7.31;
AN 7.33;
AN 7.34.


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