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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tika Nipāta
XI. Sambodhi Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
or
More-Numbered Suttas

Part III
The Book of the Threes

Chapter XI. Enlightenment

Sutta 105

The Peak (a)

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

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[240]

[1][than][olds] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī,
at Jeta Grove,
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

Now Anāthapiṇḍika the housefather came to see the Exalted One.

On coming to him he saluted the Exalted One and sat down at one side.

As he thus sat the Exalted One said this to him:

'Housefather, when the thought is unguarded,
bodily action also is unguarded,
speech and mental action also are unguarded.

In him whose bodily action,
speech
and mental action are unguarded
they are saturated with lust.[1]

When these are thus saturated with lust
they are rotten.

When they are rotten
one's death is not auspicious,
one has no happy ending.[2]

Now, housefather,
just as when a peaked house is unthatched
the peak is not protected,
the roof-beams are not protected,
the wall is not protected.

The peak,
roof-beams
and wall are saturated,
they are rotten.

Just so, when thought is unguarded,
bodily action is unguarded,
bodily action also is unguarded,
speech and mental action also are unguarded.

In him whose bodily action, speech and mental action are unguarded
they are saturated with lust.

When these are thus saturated with lust
they are rotten.

When they are rotten
one's death is not auspicious,
one has no happy ending.

But, housefather,
when thoght is guarded,
bodily action also is guarded,
speech and mental action also are guarded.

In him whose bodily action and the rest are guarded,
bodily action, speech and mental action are not saturated with lust.

When that is so they are not rotten.

When they are not rotten
one's death is auspicious,
he has a happy ending.

Just as when a peaked house is well thatched,
the peak, roof-beams and wall are protected,
they are not saturated,
they are not rotten;
even so, housefather,
when thoght is guarded,
bodily action also is guarded,
speech and mental action also are guarded.

In him whose bodily action and the rest are guarded,
bodily action, speech and mental action are not saturated with lust.

When that is so they are not rotten.

When they are not rotten
one's death is auspicious,
he has a happy ending.

 


[1]Avassutaŋ, lit. 'oozing, rickling.' Comy. tintaŋ. Quoted Expos. i, 91.

[2]Na bhaddakaŋ, 'he is bound for hell.' Comy.


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