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Saɱyutta Nikāya:
V. Mahā-Vagga
55. Sotapatti Saɱyuttaa
IV: Puññābhisanda Vaggo

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
V. Great Chapter
55. Kindred Sayings on Streamwinning
IV: Flood of Merit

Sutta 33

Tatiya Abhisanda Suttaɱ

Flood (c)

Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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[1][than] THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī,
at Jeta Grove,
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these four floods of merit,
floods of good things,
that bring happiness.

What are the four?

Herein, monks, the Ariyan disciple has unwavering loyalty to the Buddha thus:

He it is, the Exalted One,
Arahant,
a fully Enlightened One,
perfect in knowledge and practice,
a Happy One,
world-knower,
unsurpsassed charioteer of men to be tamed,
teacher of devas and mankind,
a Buddha,
an Exalted One.

This is the first flood of merit,
of good things,
bringing happiness.

Again, monks, he has unwavering loyalty to the Norm, thus:

Well proclaimed by the Exalted One is the Norm,
seen in this very life,
a thing not involving time,
inviting one to come and see,
leading onward,
to be known for themselves by the wise.

This is the second flood of merit,
of good things,
bringing happiness.

Again, monks, he has unwavering loyalty to the Order, thus:

Walking righteously is the Exalted One's Order,
walking uprightly,
walking in the right way,
walking dutifully
is the Exalted One's Order of Disciples:
namely,
the four pairs of men,
the eight sorts of men.

That is the Exalted One's Order of Disciples.

Worthy of honour are they,
worthy of reverence,
worthy of offerings,
worthy of salutations with clasped hands, -
a field of merit unsurpassed for the world.'

This is the third flood of merit,
of good things,
bringing happiness.

Then again he is a sage,
possessed of insight into the rise and fall of things,
insight which is Ariyan,
penetrating,
going on to the utter destruction of ill.[1]

This is the fourth flood of merit,
of good things,
bringing happiness.

These, monks, are the four floods of merit,
floods of good things,
that bring happiness.

 


[1] Cf. text, 197.


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