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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tika Nipāta
II. Rathakāra Vagga

The Book of Threes
II. Wheelwright

Sutta 11

Ñāta Suttaɱ

Knowingly

Translated from the Pali
by
Michael M. Olds

 


 

[1][pts][bodh][upal] I hear tell:

Once upon a time The Lucky Man, Sāvatthi-town residing,
Anāthapiṇḍika's Jeta Grove.

There, to the beggars gathered round he said:

"Characterized by three things, beggars,
a notorious beggar[1] works the disadvantage of those who follow,
the great discomfort of many,
the loss, discomfort and pain of many generations —
gods and men.

What three?

Advising unsuitable acts of body,
advising unsuitable acts of speech,
advising unsuitable Dhamma.

These are the three things characterized by which, beggars,
a notorious beggar works the disadvantage of those who follow,
the great discomfort of many
the loss, discomfort and pain of many generations —
gods and men.

Characterized by three things, beggars,
a famous beggar works the advantage of those who follow,
the great comfort of many,
the gain, comfort and pleasure of many generations —
gods and men.

What three?

Advising suitable acts of body,
advising suitable acts of speech,
advising suitable Dhamma.

These are the three things characterized by which, beggars,
a famous beggar works the advantage of those who follow,
the great comfort of many
the gain, comfort and pleasure of many generations —
gods and men.

 


[1] Ñātako. PED: "[pp. of jānāti = Gr. gnwto/s, Latin (g)notus; ajñāta (Pāli aññāta) = a)/gnwtos = ignotus] known, well-known; experienced, brought to knowledge, realized, known, noted, notorious.

 


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