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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tika Nipāta
I. Bāla Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
or
More-Numbered Suttas

III. The Book of the Threes
I. The Fool

Sutta 9

Khataɱ Suttaɱ

The Fool (9)

Translated from the Pali by
F.L. Woodward, M.A.

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[9.1][bodh][upal] "Monks, possessed of three qualities
the foolish, sinful, ignorant man
fares about like a lifeless, uprooted thing[1] [90]
is blameworthy,
is censured by the intelligent,
and begets much demerit.

What three?

Immorality of body, speech and mind.

These are the three qualities
possessed of which
the foolish, sinful, ignorant man
fares about like a lifeless, uprooted thing
is blameworthy,
is censured by the intelligent,
and begets much demerit.

 

§

 

Monks, by three qualities
the wise, sinless, educated man
does not fare about like a lifeless, uprooted thing
is blameless,
is praised by the intelligent,
and begets much merit.
What three?

Morality of body, speech and mind.

These are the three qualities
possessed of which
the wise, sinless, educated man
does not fare about like a lifeless, uprooted thing
is blameless,
is praised by the intelligent,
and begets much merit.

Wherefore, monks, thus must ye train yourselves:

Abandoning those three conditions
by which the fool is to be known,
we will acquire and practice
those three conditions
by which the wise man is to be known.

That is how ye must train yourselves, monks."

 


[1] As above, text 89, § 5; 154, 293.


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