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Aŋguttara Nikāya
X. Dasaka-Nipāta
VIII: Ākaŋkha-Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
X. The Book of the Tens
VIII: On Wishes

Sutta 74

Vaḍḍha Suttaɱ

Growth

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

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[93]

[1] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī.

There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

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

[137]"Monks, by increasing in ten growths
the Ariyan disciple grows in the Ariyan growth,
takes hold of the essential,
takes hold of the best for his[1] person.

What ten?

[94] He grows in landed property,
in wealth and granary,
in child and wife,
in slaves and folk who work for him,
in four-footed beasts;
he grows in faith and virtue,
in love,
generosity
and wisdom.

In these ten growths the Ariyan disciple grows in the Ariyan growth,
takes hold of the essential,
takes hold of the best for his person."

 


 

Whoso in this world grows in wealth and store,
In sons and wives and in four-footed beasts,
Hath fame and worship as a man of means
From relatives and friends and those who rule.

But whoso in this world in faith and virtue,[2]
In wisdom, generosity and lore
Alike makes growth - a very man like this,[3]
Keen-eyed, in this life grows alike in both.

 


[1] Five at K.S. iv, 168.

[2] The latter part of these gāthās occurs at S. iv, 250; at A. iii, 80 = G.S. i, 66, where Comy. varddāyī = uttamassa varassa ādāyako. The first part resembles those at D. iii, 165.

[3] Tādiso sappuriso; cf. above, § 61.


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