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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tika Nipāta
II. Rathakāra Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
or
More-Numbered Suttas

III. The Book of the Threes
II. The Wheelwright[1]

Sutta 11

Ñāta Suttaɱ

Three Qualities

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

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[90]

[1][olds][bodh][upal] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī, at Jeta Grove, in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said this:

"Monks, a monk who is well known,[2]
if possessed of three qualities,
lives to the harm of many folk,
to the misery of many folk,
to the loss,
harm
and misery
of devas and mankind.

What three qualities?

He encourages others to act contrary to the ordinances of Dhamma,
he encourages others to speak contrary to the ordinances of Dhamma,
he encourages others to have ideas contrary to Dhamma.[3]

These are the three qualities whereby
a monk who is well known,
lives to the harm of many folk,
to the misery of many folk,
to the loss,
harm
and misery
of devas and mankind.

Monks, a monk who is well known,
if possessed of three qualities,
lives to the benefit of many folk,
to the happiness [91] of many folk,
to the profit,
benefit
and happiness
of devas and mankind.

What three?

He does not encourage others to act contrary to the ordinances of Dhamma,
he does not encourage others to speak contrary to the ordinances of Dhamma,
he does not encourage others to have ideas contrary to Dhamma."

 


[1] The title is that of section 15 of this chapter.

[2] Text ñātako; B. ñāto, = ñāto, paññāto, pāhaṭo. Comy.

[3] Ananulomike = sāsanassa na anulome. Comy. He is unorthodox and encourages others to be so.


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