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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tika Nipāta
XV. Maŋgala Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
or
More-Numbered Suttas

III. The Book of the Threes
XV. Good Auspices

Sutta 148

Catuttha Khata Suttaɱ

Lifeless (d)

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

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[1] THUS HAVE I HEARD

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks!"

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

The Exalted One said:

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

What three qualities?

Foul action of body,
foul action of speech,
foul action of mind.

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

 

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Monks, possessed of three qualities
the wise,
moral,
intelligent man
fares about not lifeless, not rooted up.

He is blameless,
praised by the intelligent
and begets much merit.

What are the three?

Clean action of body,
clean action of speech,
clean action of mind.

Monks, possessed of these three qualities
the wise,
moral,
intelligent man
fares about not lifeless, not rooted up.

He is blameless,
praised by the intelligent
and begets much merit."


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