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Saɱyutta Nikāya
3. Khandha Vagga
29. Nāga Saɱyutta

Sutta 2

Paṇīta-Tara Suttaɱ

Passing Superior

Translated by Michael M. Olds

 


 

[1][pts] I Hear Tell:

Once upon a time, The Lucky Man Sāvatthī-town revisiting,
Jeta Grove,
Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

There then the Lucky Man said this to the beggars there::

"Beggars!"

"Bhante!" they responded.

The Lucky Man said:

"There are these four sorts of birth, beggars,
as nāgas.

What four?

The egg-born,
the womb-born
the sweat-born,
the spontaneously-born.

 

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Here, beggars, of the egg-born,
the womb-born,
the sweat-born
and the spontaneously born
are passing superior.

Of the egg-born
and the womb-born,
the sweat-born,
and the spontaneously born
are passing superior.

Of the egg-born
and the womb-born
and the sweat-born,
the spontaneously born
is passing superior.

These then, beggars, are the four sorts of birth as nāgas.


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