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Aŋguttara Nikāya
VIII. Aṭṭhaka Nipāta
IV. Dāna Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Eights
IV: On Giving

Sutta 40

Sabba-Lahuso Suttaɱ
aka
Apāya-Saŋvattanika Suttaɱ
aka
Duccarita-Vipāka Suttaɱ

Very Trifling[1]

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[247] [169]

[1][than][olds][bodh] [No Nidana]

'Monks, taking life, when pursued,
practised,
increased,
brings one to hell,
to an animal's womb,
to the Peta realm;
what is the very trifling result of taking life
is the shortening of a man's life.

Monks, stealing, when pursued,
practised,
increased,
brings one to hell,
to an animal's womb,
to the Peta realm;
what is the very trifling result of stealing
is a man's loss of wealth.

Monks, fleshly lusts, when pursued,
practised,
increased,
brings one to hell,
to an animal's womb,
to the Peta realm;
what is the very trifling result of fleshly lusts
is a man's rivalry and hatred.

Monks, lying, when pursued,
practised,
increased,
brings one to hell,
to an animal's womb,
to the Peta realm;
what is the very trifling result of lying
is the slandering
and false-speaking of a man.

Monks, backbiting, when pursued,
practised,
increased,
brings one to hell,
to an animal's womb,
to the Peta realm;
what is the very trifling result of backbiting
is the breaking up of a man's friendships.

Monks, harsh speech, when pursued,
practised,
increased,
brings one to hell,
to an animal's womb,
to the Peta realm;
what is the very trifling result of harsh speech
is an unpleasing noise for a man.

Monks, frivolous talk, when pursued,
practised,
increased,
brings one to hell,
to an animal's womb,
to the Peta realm;
what is the very trifling result of frivolous talk
is unacceptable speech for a man.

Monks, drinking strong drink, when pursued,
practised,
increased,
brings one to hell,
to an animal's womb,
to the Peta realm;
what is the very trifling result of drinking strong drink
is madness for a man'.

 


[1] Sabba-lahuso. P.E.D., I think wrongly, considers this an adverb 'very quickly.' Comy. glosses, parittaka (tena parittakena kammavipākena appāyuko hoti); there is a reading lahuko. Perhaps we should render 'immediate.'


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