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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
24. Āvāsika Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
Chapter XXIV: In Residence

Sutta 231

Abhāvanīya Suttaɱ

In Residence

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[192]

[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, if a monk in residence
follow the course of five things,
he becomes not what he ought to become.[1]

What five?

He becomes accomplished neither in manner
nor in service;[2]

becomes neither one who has heard much
nor one who bears much in mind;

nor a marker of his ways[3]
nor fond of solitude;

his words are not lovely
nor lovely is their making;

he becomes a dullard and witless.

Verily, monks, if a monk in residence
follow the course of these five things,
he becomes not what he ought to become.

 

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"Monks, if a monk in residence
follow the course of five things,
he becomes what he ought to become.

What five?

He becomes accomplished in manner
and in service;

becomes one who has heard much
and one who bears much in mind;

a marker of his ways
and fond of solitude;

his words are lovely
and lovely is their making;

he becomes insightful and witty.

Verily, monks, if a monk in residence
follow the course of these five things,
he becomes what he ought to become.

 


[1] A-bhāvanīyo koti. Comy. on the positive: vaḍḍhanīyo hoti.

[2] Ākappa- and vatta-.

[3] Paṭisallekhitar; Cf. above, § 181; P.E.D. omits.


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