Aŋguttara Nikāya


 

Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tika Nipāta
V. Cūḷa Vagga

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
III. The Book of the Threes
V. The Minor Chapter

Sutta 48

Pabbata-Rāja Suttaɱ aka Pabbata Suttaɱ

Mountains

Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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[1][pts] "Bhikkhus, based on the Himalayas, the king of mountains, great sal trees grow in three ways.

What three?

(1) They grow in branches, leaves, and foliage;

(2) they grow in bark and shoots; and

(3) they grow in softwood and heartwood.

Based on the Himalayas, the king of mountains, great sal trees grow in these three ways.

"So too, when the head of a family is endowed with faith, the people in the family who depend on him grow in three ways.

What three?

(1) They grow in faith;

(2) they grow in virtuous behavior; and

(3) they grow in wisdom.

When the head of a family has faith, the people in the family who depend on him grow in these three ways."

Just as the trees that grow
in dependence on a rocky mountain
in a vast forest wilderness
might become great 'woodland lords,'
so, when the head of a family here
possesses faith and virtue,
his wife, children, and relatives
all grow in dependence upon him;
so too his friends, his family circle,
and those dependent on him.

Those possessed of discernment,
seeing that virtuous man's good conduct,
his generosity and good deeds,
emulate his example.

Having lived here in accord with Dhamma,
the path leading to a good destination,
those who desire sensual pleasures rejoice,
delighting in the deva world."


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