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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 235

Anukampaka Suttaɱ

Taking Pity

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[193]

[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 takes pity on householders.

What five?

He incites them to greater virtue;[1]

he makes them live in the mirror of Dhamma;[2]

when visiting the sick,
he stirs up mindfulness,
saying:

"Let the venerable ones set up mind- [194] fulness,
that thing most worth while!";[3]

and when many monks of the Order have come,
monks from various parts of the country,
he speaks to the householders who approach,
saying:

"See, good sirs,
many monks from various parts of the country have arrived;
do good;
now's the time to make merit!"

and when they give him food,
whether mean or choice
he enjoys it by himself,
nor frustrates (the effect of that) gift of faith.[4]

Verily, monks, if a monk in residence
follow the course of five things,
he takes pity on householders.

 


[1] Adhisīla. Comy. pañca-sīla.

[2] See above, § 179, n. 3.

[3] Araha-ggata. Comy. sabba-sakkārānaɱ arahe ratana-ttay'eva gataɱ.

[4] Cf. above, § 116, also Vin. i, 298.


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