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Aŋguttara Nikāya
Chakka Nipāta
VIII. Arahatta Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sixes
Chapter VIII: Arahantship

Sutta 84

Ratati-Divasa Suttaɱ

Day and Night

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[304]

[1] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī,
at Jeta Grove,
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," they replied,
and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, if a monk follow six things,
come day come night,
just a falling away in right things may be expected,
not a growth.

What six?

Herein, monks, a monk desires much,
is fretful,
discontented with this and that requisite:
robe,
alms,
lodging,
medicaments;
is without faith;
is without virtue;
is indolent;
is forgetful in mindfulness;
and lacks insight.

Monks, if a monk follow these six,
come day come night,
just a falling away in right things may be expected,
not a growth.'

 

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But, monks, if a monk follow six things,
come day come night,
just a growth in right things may be expected,
not a falling away.

What six?

Herein[ed1], monks, a monk desires little,
is not fretful,
is contented with this and that requisite:
robe,
alms,
lodging,
medicaments;
has faith;
has virtue;
is not indolent;
is not forgetful in mindfulness;
and has insight.

Monks, if a monk follow these six,
come day come night,
just a growth in right things may be expected,
not a falling away.'

 


[ed1] Hare abridged with the statement 'But the converse holds'. But the converse can be worded in several different ways. I have made a choice of one.


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