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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 76

Tayo-Dhamma Suttaɱ

Unable to Grow

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

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[99]

[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:

"Monks, were not three states found existing in the world,
the Wayfarer would not arise in the world,
an arahant rightly enlightened;
nor would the Dhamma-discipline proclaimed by the Wayfarer
be shown in the world.

What are the three states?

Birth, decay and death.

Were not these three states found existing in the world, the Wayfarer would not arise in the world,
an arahant rightly enlightened;
nor would the Dhamma-discipline proclaimed by the Wayfarer
be shown in the world.

But since these three states are found
therefore the Wayfarer does arise in the world,
an arahant rightly enlightened,
and the Dhamma-discipline proclaimed by the Wayfarer
is shown in the world.

By not abandoning three states one is unable to grow[1]
so as to abandon rebirth,
to abandon decay,
to abandon death.

What three states?

By not abandoning lust,
by not abandoning malice,
by not abandoning delusion
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon rebirth,
to abandon decay,
to abandon death.

By not abandoning three states
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon lust,
to abandon malice
to abandon delusion.

What three?

By not abandoning the view of the individual-group,
by not abandoning doubt-and-wavering,
by not abandoning wrong handling of habit and rite
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon lust,
to abandon malice
to abandon delusion.

[145] By not abandoning three states
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon the view of the individual-group,
so as to abandon doubt-and-wavering,
so as to abandon wrong handling of habit and rite.

What three?

By not abandoning lack of giving thorough attention,
by not abandoning following the wrong way,
by not abandoning sluggishness [100] of mind
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon the view of the individual-group,
so as to abandon doubt-and-wavering,
so as to abandon wrong handling of habit and rite.

By not abandoning three states
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon lack of giving thorough attention,
so as to abandon following the wrong way,
so as to abandon sluggishness of mind.

What three?

By not abandoning forgetfulness,
by not abandoning discomposure,
by not abandoning mental derangement
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon lack of giving thorough attention,
so as to abandon following of the wrong way[2]
so as to abandon sluggishness of mind.

By not abandoning three states
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon forgetfulness,
so as to abandon discomposure,
so as to abandon mental derangement.

What three?

By not abandoning distaste for seeing the Ariyans,
by not abandoning distaste for hearing Ariyan dhamma,
by not abandoning a carping disposition[3]
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon forgetfulness,
so as to abandon discomposure,
so as to abandon mental derangement.

By not abandoning three states
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon distaste for seeing the Ariyans,
so as to abandon distaste for hearing Ariyan dhamma,
so as to abandon a carping disposition.

What three?

By not abandoning flurry,
by not abandoning lack of self-control
by not abandoning immorality
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon distaste for seeing the Ariyans,
so as to abandon distaste for hearing Ariyan dhamma,
so as to abandon a carping disposition.

[146] By not abandoning three states
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon flurry,
so as to abandon lack of self-control
so as to abandon immorality.

What three?

By not abandoning lack of faith,
by not abandoning stinginess
by not abandoning indolence
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon flurry,
so as to abandon lack of self-control,
so as to abandon immorality.

By not abandoning three states
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon lack of faith,
so as to abandon stinginess
so as to abandon indolence.

What three?

By not abandoning disregard,
by not abandoning stubbornness,
by not abandoning friendship with the wicked
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon lack of faith,
so as to abandon stinginess,
so as to abandon indolence.

By not abandoning three states
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon disregard,
so as to abandon stubbornness,
so as to abandon friendship with the wicked.

What three?

By not abandoning shamelessness,
by not abandoning recklessness,
by not abandoning lack of seriousness
one is unable to grow
so as to abandon disregard,
so as to abandon stubbornness,
so as to abandon friendship with the wicked.

Suppose, monks, this one is shameless,
reckless
and lacks seriousness.

-◦-

Being thus without seriousness
he cannot grow so as to abandon disregard,
so as to abandon stubbornness,
so as to abandon friendship with the wicked.

-◦-

Having wicked friends
he cannot grow so as to abandon lack of faith,
so as to abandon stinginess,
so as to abandon indolence.

-◦-

Being indolent
he cannot grow so as to abandon flurry,
so as to abandon lack of self-control,
so as to abandon immorality.

-◦-

Being immoral
he cannot grow so as to abandon distaste for seeing the Ariyans,
so as to abandon distaste for hearing Ariyan dhamma,
so as to abandon a carping disposition.

-◦-

Having a carping disposition
he cannot grow so as to abandon forgetfulness,
so as to abandon discomposure,
so as to abandon mental derangement.

-◦-

[101] [147] Being mentally deranged
he cannot grow so as to abandon lack of giving thorough attention,
so as to abandon following the wrong way,
so as to abandon sluggishness of mind.

-◦-

Being sluggish of mind
he cannot grow so as to abandon view of the individual-group,
so as to abandon doubt-and-wavering,
so as to abandon wrong handling of habit and rite.

-◦-

Being doubtful-and-wavering
he cannot grow so as to abandon lust,
so as to abandon malice,
so as to abandon delusion.

-◦-

Not abandoning lust, malice and delusion
he cannot grow so as to abandon rebirth,
so as to abandon decay,
so as to abandon death.

 

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[148] But, monks, by abandoning three states
one can grow so as to abandon rebirth,
so as to abandon decay,
so as to abandon death.

What three?

By abandoning lust,
by abandoning malice
by abandoning delusion
one can grow so as to abandon rebirth,
so as to abandon decay,
so as to abandon death.

[149] By abandoning three states
one is able to grow
so as to abandon lust,
to abandon malice
to abandon delusion.

What three?

By abandoning the view of the individual-group,
by abandoning doubt-and-wavering,
by abandoning wrong handling of habit and rite
one is able to grow
so as to abandon lust,
to abandon malice
to abandon delusion.

By abandoning three states
one is able to grow
so as to abandon the view of the individual-group,
so as to abandon doubt-and-wavering,
so as to abandon wrong handling of habit and rite.

What three?

By abandoning lack of giving thorough attention,
by abandoning following the wrong way,
by abandoning sluggishness of mind
one is able to grow
so as to abandon the view of the individual-group,
so as to abandon doubt-and-wavering,
so as to abandon wrong handling of habit and rite.

By abandoning three states
one is able to grow
so as to abandon lack of giving thorough attention,
so as to abandon following the wrong way,
so as to abandon sluggishness of mind.

What three?

By abandoning forgetfulness,
by abandoning discomposure,
by abandoning mental derangement
one is able to grow
so as to abandon lack of giving thorough attention,
so as to abandon following of the wrong way
so as to abandon sluggishness of mind.

By abandoning three states
one is able to grow
so as to abandon forgetfulness,
so as to abandon discomposure,
so as to abandon mental derangement.

What three?

By abandoning distaste for seeing the Ariyans,
by abandoning distaste for hearing Ariyan dhamma,
by abandoning a carping disposition
one is able to grow
so as to abandon forgetfulness,
so as to abandon discomposure,
so as to abandon mental derangement.

By abandoning three states
one is able to grow
so as to abandon distaste for seeing the Ariyans,
so as to abandon distaste for hearing Ariyan dhamma,
so as to abandon a carping disposition.

What three?

By abandoning flurry,
by abandoning lack of self-control
by abandoning immorality
one is able to grow
so as to abandon distaste for seeing the Ariyans,
so as to abandon distaste for hearing Ariyan dhamma,
so as to abandon a carping disposition.

By abandoning three states
one is able to grow
so as to abandon flurry,
so as to abandon lack of self-control
so as to abandon immorality.

What three?

By abandoning lack of faith,
by abandoning stinginess
by abandoning indolence
one is able to grow
so as to abandon flurry,
so as to abandon lack of self-control,
so as to abandon immorality.

By abandoning three states
one is able to grow
so as to abandon lack of faith,
so as to abandon stinginess
so as to abandon indolence.

What three?

By abandoning disregard,
by abandoning stubbornness,
by abandoning friendship with the wicked
one is able to grow
so as to abandon lack of faith,
so as to abandon stinginess,
so as to abandon indolence.

By abandoning three states
one is able to grow
so as to abandon disregard,
so as to abandon stubbornness,
so as to abandon friendship with the wicked.

What three?

By abandoning shamelessness,
by abandoning recklessness,
by abandoning lack of seriousness
one is able to grow
so as to abandon disregard,
so as to abandon stubbornness,
so as to abandon friendship with the wicked.

Suppose, monks, this one has shame,
is not reckless
and has seriousness.

-◦-

Having seriousness
he can grow so as to abandon disregard,
so as to abandon stubbornness,
so as to abandon friendship with the wicked.

-◦-

Not having wicked friends
he can grow so as to abandon lack of faith,
so as to abandon stinginess,
so as to abandon indolence.

-◦-

Not being indolent
he can grow so as to abandon flurry,
so as to abandon lack of self-control,
so as to abandon immorality.

-◦-

Not being immoral
he can grow so as to abandon distaste for seeing the Ariyans,
so as to abandon distaste for hearing Ariyan dhamma,
so as to abandon a carping disposition.

-◦-

Not having a carping disposition
he can grow so as to abandon forgetfulness,
so as to abandon discomposure,
so as to abandon mental derangement.

-◦-

Not being mentally deranged
he can grow so as to abandon lack of giving thorough attention,
so as to abandon following the wrong way,
so as to abandon sluggishness of mind.

-◦-

Not being sluggish of mind
he can grow so as to abandon view of the individual-group,
so as to abandon doubt-and-wavering,
so as to abandon wrong handling of habit and rite.

-◦-

Not having doubt-and-wavering
he can grow so as to abandon lust,
so as to abandon malice,
so as to abandon delusion.

-◦-

Abandoning lust, malice and delusion
he can grow so as to abandon rebirth,
so as to abandon decay,
so as to abandon death."

 


[1] Abhabbo.

[2] Kummagga; cf. A. ii, 14; iii, 418.

[3] Upārambha-cittatā; cf. A. iv, 175, conjoined with randha-gavesī (looking for flaws).


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