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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Catukka Nipāta
XXVII: Kamma-Patha Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
Chapter XXVII: Path of Action[1]

Sutta 261

Pāṇātipātī Suttaɱ

Approving (a)

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

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[257]

[1] Thus have I heard:

On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:

Monks, one possessing four qualities
is put into purgatory
according to his deserts.

What four?

He himself takes life
and encourages another to do so,
approves of taking life
and speaks in praise thereof.

Possessing these four qualities
one is put into purgatory
according to his deserts.

 

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[258] Monks, possessing four qualities
one is put into heaven
according to his deserts.

What four?

He himself abstains from taking life,
encourages another to such abstinence
approves of abstaining from taking life[ed1]
and speaks in praise of abstaining from taking life.

Possessing these four qualities
one is put into heaven
according to his deserts.

 


[1] Text miscalls this Abhiñña-vagga. There is no uddāna to this vagga, so I give my own titles to the suttas. Cf. § 212. [Ed.: PTS text now uses only 'Vagga' for the title of this vagga. I have used the title of the vagga and the titles of the suttas as found in BJT and on the CSCD.]

 


[ed1] This 'quality' omitted by Woodward.


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