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Aŋguttara Nikāya
X. Dasaka-Nipāta
VII. Yamaka Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
X. The Book of the Tens
VII: The Pairs

Sutta 68

Dutiya Naḷakapāna Suttaɱ

At Naḷakapāna (b)

Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.

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[85]

[1] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying at Nalakapana in Judas-tree Grove.

On that occasion the Exalted One was seated surrounded by monks,
the day being the sabbath.

Then the Exalted One,
when for much of the night
had instructed,
stirred,
fired,
and gladdened the monks
with a talk about dhamma
on looking round
and seeing that the order of monks was perfectly silent,
he called to the venerable Sāriputta, saying:

"Sāriputta, the order of monks has banished sloth-and-torpor.

Let some dhamma-talk occur to you.

My back aches.

I will ease it."

"Very well, sir," replied the venerable Sāriputta to the Exalted One.

[126]Then the Exalted One had his robe spread fourfold,
and lying on his right side
he took up the lion-posture,
resting foot on foot,
mindful and composed,
fixing his thoughts on rising up again.

 

§

 

Thereupon the venerable Sāriputta called to the monks, saying:

"Monks, your reverences."

"Yes, Sāriputta, your reverence,"
replied those monks to the venerable Sāriputta, who said:

[86] "Your reverences, in whomsoever there is not faith in good states,
nor modesty and self-respect,
nor energy
nor attention[1] to what he hears,
nor bearing dhamma in mind,
nor examination of meaning,
nor behaviour according to dhamma,
nor seriousness in good states -
in such an one,
come night, come day,
waning,
not growth,
in good states is to be looked for.

Juat as, in the dark period of the moon,
come night, come day,
it wanes in beauty,
wanes in roundness,
in splendour,
wanes in the height and compass of its orbit,
even so, your reverences,
even so in whomsoever there is not faith in good states,
nor modesty and self-respect,
nor energy
nor attention to what he hears,
nor bearing dhamma in mind,
nor examination of meaning,
nor behaviour according to dhamma,
nor seriousness in good states -
in such an one,
come night, come day,
waning,
not growth,
in good states is to be looked for.

 

§

 

But in whomsoever there is faith in good states,
modesty and self-respect,
energy
attention to what he hears,
bearing dhamma in mind,
examination of meaning,
behaviour according to dhamma,
seriousness in good states -
in such an one,
come night, come day,
growth,
not waning,
in good states is to be looked for.

Just as, your reverences,
in the bright period of the moon,
come night, come day,
it waxes in beauty,
waxes in roundness,
waxes in splendour,
in the height and compass of its orbit,
even so, in whomsoever there is faith in good states,
modesty and self-respect,
energy
attention to what he hears,
bearing dhamma in mind,
examination of meaning,
behaviour according to dhamma,
seriousness in good states -
in such an one,
come night, come day,
growth,
not waning,
in good states is to be looked for.

 


 

Thereupon the Exalted One,
rising up again,
called to the venerable Sāriputta, saying:

"Well said! Well said, Sāriputta!

Sāriputta!, in whomsoever there is not faith in good states,
nor modesty and self-respect,
nor energy
nor attention to what he hears,
nor bearing dhamma in mind,
nor examination of meaning,
nor behaviour according to dhamma,
nor seriousness in good states -
in such an one,
come night, come day,
waning,
not growth,
in good states is to be looked for.

Juat as, in the dark period of the moon,
come night, come day,
it wanes in beauty,
wanes in roundness,
in splendour,
wanes in the height and compass of its orbit,
even so, your reverences,
even so in whomsoever there is not faith in good states,
nor modesty and self-respect,
nor energy
nor attention to what he hears,
nor bearing dhamma in mind,
nor examination of meaning,
nor behaviour according to dhamma,
nor seriousness in good states -
in such an one,
come night, come day,
waning,
not growth,
in good states is to be looked for.

 

§

 

But in whomsoever there is faith in good states,
modesty and self-respect,
energy
attention to what he hears,
bearing dhamma in mind,
examination of meaning,
behaviour according to dhamma,
seriousness in good states -
in such an one,
come night, come day,
growth,
not waning,
in good states is to be looked for.

Just as, Sāriputta!,
in the bright period of the moon,
come night, come day,
it waxes in beauty,
waxes in roundness,
waxes in splendour,
in the height and compass of its orbit,
even so, in whomsoever there is faith in good states,
modesty and self-respect,
energy
attention to what he hears,
bearing dhamma in mind,
examination of meaning,
behaviour according to dhamma,
seriousness in good states -
in such an one,
come night, come day,
growth,
not waning,
in good states is to be looked for."

 


[1] Avadhāna (not in P. Dicts.), but cf. Sn. 322; MP. 21; UdA. 17; A. i, 198.


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