1. Dhana Vaggo
The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Sevens
Chapter I: Treasures
Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.
Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī,
at Jeta Grove, in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.
Now Ugga, the rajah's chief minister, visited the Exalted One,
saluted him and sat down at one side;
and so seated, he said to the Exalted One:
'Well, what does his treasure, his wealth, amount to, Ugga?'
'Lord, of gold there's a hundred hundred thousand;
and of silver who can tell?
But is that really treasure, Ugga?
Not that I say it is not,
but that treasure is subject to fire,
Seven are these treasures that are not so subject to fire,
The treasure of faith,
fear of blame,
Verily, Ugga, these seven
are not subject to fire,
Faith, virtue, conscientiousness and fear of blame,
Listening and bounty, yea, and wisdom seventh -
Who hath these treasures - woman, man - 'tis said,
No paupers they, their lives are not in vain.
Wherefore faith, virtue, grace, the Dhamma-view
Wise men pursue, minding the Buddha's word.'