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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka Nipāta
XXI. Kimbila-Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
Chapter XXI: Kimbila

Sutta 208

Danta-Kaṭṭha Suttaɱ

The Tooth-Stick[1]

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[183]

[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, there are these five disadvantages from not chewing a tooth-stick.

What five?

The eyes become affected;[2]
the mouth becomes bad-smelling;
the channels of taste[3] are not purified;
phlegm and mucus[4] get on food;
and one does not enjoy food.

[184] Verily, monks, these are the five disadvantages from not chewing a tooth-stick.'

 

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"Monks, there are these five advantages[ed1] from chewing a tooth-stick.

What five?

The eyes do not become affected;
the mouth does not become bad-smelling;
the channels of taste are purified;
phlegm and mucus do not get on food;
and one enjoys food.

Verily, monks, these are the five advantages from chewing a tooth-stick.'

 


[1] See Vin ii, 137 (S.B.E. xx, 147), also [VP.CV.5.31. Horner] where this recurs.

[2] Acakkhussaɱ. Comy. na cakkhūnaɱ hitaɱ; cakkhuɱ visuddhaɱ na karoti. Cf. Rhys Davids' note at S.B.E. loc. cit.

[3] Rasa-haraṇiyo.

[4] Pittaɱ semhaɱ.

 


[ed1] Hare abridges, see the Horner Vinaya translation for a translation of the 'opposites'


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