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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka Nipāta
14. Rāja Vaggo

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
Chapter XIV: The Rajah

Sutta 137

Appaɱ-Supati Suttaɱ

They Sleep Little

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[118]

[1][olds] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One dwelt near Sāvatthī;
and there he addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

'Yes, lord,' they replied;
and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, these five sleep little by night,
they are much awake.

What five?

[119] A woman longing for a man
sleeps little by night,
is much awake;

a man longing for a woman
sleeps little by night,
is much awake;

a thief longing for booty
sleeps little by night,
is much awake;

a rajah[1] bent on royal business
sleeps little by night,
is much awake;

a monk longing for bondage-release[2]
sleeps little by night,
is much awake.

Verily, monks, these five sleep little by night,
they are much awake.'

 


[1] The text reads rājayutto, but v.l. and S.e. simply rājā.

[2] Comy: evaɱ nibbānajjhāsayo.


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