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Aŋguttara Nikāya
X. Dasaka-Nipāta
XVII: Jāṇussoṇi-Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
X. The Book of the Tens
XVII: Jāṇussoṇi

Sutta 174

Kamma-Nidāna Suttaɱ

Due to Lust, Malice and Delusion

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

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[174]

[1][olds] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

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

"Monks, the taking of life is threefold, I declare.

It is due to lust, malice and delusion.

Taking what is not given is threefold, I declare.

It is due to lust, malice and delusion.

Wrong conduct in sexual desires is threefold, I declare.

It is due to lust, malice and delusion.

Falsehood is threefold, I declare.

It is due to lust, malice and delusion.

Spiteful speech is threefold, I declare.

It is due to lust, malice and delusion.

Bitter speech is threefold, I declare.

It is due to lust, malice and delusion.

Idle babble is threefold, I declare.

It is due to lust, malice and delusion.

Coveting is threefold, I declare.

It is due to lust, malice and delusion.

Harmfulness is threefold, I declare.

It is due to lust, malice and delusion.

Wrong view is threefold, I declare.

It is due to lust, malice and delusion.

 

§

 

Thus, monks, lust is the coming-to-be of a chain of causal [175] action.[1]

Malice, monks, lust is the coming-to-be of a chain of causal action.

Delusion, monks, is the coming-to-be of a chain of causal action.

 

§

 

By destroying lust,
comes the breaking up of the chain of causal action;
by destroying malice,
comes the breaking up of the chain of causal action;
by destroying delusion,
comes the breaking up of the chain of causal action."

 


[1] Kamma-niddnā-sambhava; cf. A. i, 134 = G.S. i, 117, etc.


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