Aŋguttara Nikāya


 

Aŋguttara Nikāya
IV. Catukka Nipāta
II. Cara Vagga

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
IV. The Book of the Fours
II. Walking

Sutta 20

Bhattuddesa Suttaɱ

An Assigner of Meals

Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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[19] [405]

[1][pts] "Bhikkhus, if an assigner of meals possesses four qualities, he is deposited in hell as if brought there.

What four?

He takes a wrong course because of desire, because of hatred, because of delusion, or because of fear.

If an assigner of meals possesses these four qualities, he is deposited in hell as if brought there.

"Bhikkhus, if an assigner of meals possesses four qualities, he is deposited in heaven as if brought there.

What four?

He does not take a wrong course because of desire, because of hatred, because of delusion, or because of fear.

If an assigner of meals possesses these four qualities, he is deposited in heaven as if brought there."

Those people uncontrolled in sensual pleasures,
who are unrighteous, not revering the Dhamma,
gone [astray] through desire, hate, and fear
are called a stained assembly.
Such is said by the Ascetic who knows.

Therefore those good persons who are praiseworthy,
firm in the Dhamma, who do nothing bad,
unswayed by desire, hate, and fear,
are called an elite assembly.
Such is said by the Ascetic who knows.


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