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Aŋguttara Nikāya
VIII. Aṭṭhaka Nipāta
II: Mahā Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Eights
II. The Great Chapter

Sutta 16

Dūteyya Suttaɱ

Messages

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[196] [134]

[1][bodh] 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, a monk endowed with eight qualities is worthy to go with a message.

With what eight?

Herein, a monk is both a listener
and one who makes others [135] listen;
both a learner and an instructor;
both a knower and an expounder;
one skilled in (recognizing) non-conformity from conformity[1]
and not given to quarrelling.

Monks, endowed with these eight qualities,
he is worthy to go with a message.

 

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Monks, Sāriputta is[2] endowed with eight qualities,
is worthy to go with a message.

With what eight?

Herein, a Sāriputta is both a listener and one who makes others listen;
both a learner and an instructor;
both a knower and an expounder;
one skilled in (recognizing) non-conformity from conformity
and not given to quarrelling.

Monks, endowed with these eight qualities,
Sāriputta is worthy to go with a message.

 


 

Who, to some high[3] assembled council come,
Wavers not,[4] nor in discourse fails, nor hides
The Master's word, nor speaks in doubtfulness,[5]
Whoso by question ne'er is moved to wrath -
Worthy to go with message is that monk.'

 


[1] Sahit-ā-sahita; cf. D. i, 8; A. ii, 138; Dial. i, 14 n.6. Comy. Knowing: This is conformity, this is non-conformity. Some of these terms recur at D. i, 56. Cf. S.B.E. xxi, 352 f. for what may be the Mahayana version of this sutta.

[2] The text repeats in full. [Ed.: Reconstructed for this edition.]

[3] S.e. with Vin. and v.l. (and as the metre requires?) reads ugga-.

[4] The text reads byaāhati. Comy. vedhati, glossing jambhati.

[5] The text reads asandiṭṭhaɱ. Comy. asandiddhaɱ (S.e. so), glossing vigatasaŋsayaɱ; cf. Vin. ii, 201 f., where these eight recur; the reading there is as our Comy., but the Comy. thereon (see p. 324) is as our text. P.E.D. translates 'husky,' deriving it from san + √DIH (deha). We may understand it as uncertainty in both speech and mind.


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