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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
23. Dīgha-Cārika Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
Chapter XXIII: Wandering Afield

Sutta 221

Paṭhama Dīgha-Cārika Suttaɱ

Wandering Afield (a)

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[188]

[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, there are these five disadvantages
to one who spends his days wandering afield,
wandering aimlessly.

What five?

One[1] does not hear the not-heard;
one does not purge things heard;
one is not reassured by what one hears;
one is stricken by some grievous disease or illness;
and one is friendless.[2]

Monks, these are the five disadvantages
to one who spends his days wandering afield,
wandering aimlessly.'

 

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"Monks, there are these five advantages
to one who spends his days wandering with an aim.

What five?

One hears the not-heard;
one purges things heard;
one is reassured by what one hears;
one is not stricken by some grievous disease or illness;
and one is not friendless.

Monks, these are the five advantages
to one who spends his days wandering with an aim.'

 


[1] Cf. above, § 202. Here text reads gāḷhaɱ, and so S.e.

[2] Na mittavā, not noticed by P.E.D., but see Childers.


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