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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Pañcaka Nipāta
XXII. Akkosaka-Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
Chapter XXII: The Abuser

Sutta 211

Akkosaka Suttaɱ

Abuse

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[184]

[1] 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, that monk who abuses and reviles
men that lead the godly life;
who rails at Ariyans[1]
five disadvantages may be expected for him.

What five?

[185] Either he merits expulsion,
a definite hindrance;[2]
or he commits a foul offence;[3]
or he is stricken by a grievous[4] disease or illness;
or he dies muddled (in thought);[5]
and on the breaking up of the body after death
he arises in the wayward way,
the ill way,
the abyss,
hell.

Monks, that monk who abuses and reviles
men that lead the godly life;
who rails at Ariyans —
these five disadvantages may be expected for him.'

 


[1] Cf. A. v, 160.

[2] Chinna-paripantho, a 'cut,' precise hindrance; Cf. paricchindati. Comy. lok'uttara-paripanthassa chinnattā. The compound is unusual; chinna- generally means 'without.'

[3] Cf. S. ii, 271; A. v, 169.

[4] Our text with S.e. reads bāḷha; A. ii, 174 and v, 169 gāḷha; but Cf. D. i, 72.

[5] Nyāŋatiloka has a restless death, which is hardly accurate.


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