Aŋguttara Nikāya


 

Aŋguttara Nikāya
VIII. Aṭṭhaka Nipāta
I: Mettā Vagga

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
VIII. The Book of the Eights
I. Loving Kindness

Sutta 10

Kāraṇḍava Suttaɱ

Trash

Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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[1][pts] On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Campā on a bank of the Gaggārā Lotus Pond.

Now on that occasion bhikkhus were reproving a bhikkhu for an offense.

When being reproved, that bhikkhu answered evasively, diverted the discussion to an irrelevant subject, and displayed anger, hatred, and resentment.

Then the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus:

[169] "Bhikkhus, eject this person!

Bhikkhus, eject this person!

This person should be banished.

Why should another's son vex you."

"Here, bhikkhus, so long as the bhikkhus do not see his offense, a certain person has the same manner (1) of going forward and (2) returning, (3) of looking ahead and (4) looking aside, (5) of bending and (6) stretching his limbs, and (7) of wearing his robes and (8) carrying his outer robe and bowl as the good bhikkhus.

When, however, they see his offense, they know him as a corruption among ascetics, just chaff and trash among ascetics.

Then they expel him.

For what reason?

So that he doesn't corrupt the good bhikkhus.

"Suppose that when a field of barley is growing, some blighted barley would appear that would be just chaff and trash among the barley.

As long as its head has not come forth, its roots would be just like those of the other [crops], the good barley; its stem would be just like that of the other [crops], the good barley; its leaves would be just like those of the other [crops], the good barley.

When, however, its head comes forth, they know it as blighted barley, just chaff [170] and trash among the barley.

Then they pull it up by the root and cast it out from the barley field.

For what reason?

So that it doesn't spoil the good barley.'

"So too, so long as the bhikkhus do not see his offense, a certain person here has the same manner of going forward ... and carrying his outer robe and bowl as the good bhikkhus.

When, however, they see his offense, they know him as a corruption among ascetics, just chaff and trash among ascetics.

Then they expel him.

For what reason?

So that he doesn't corrupt the good bhikkhus.

"Suppose that when a large heap of grain is being winnowed, the grains that are firm and pithy form a pile on one side, and the wind blows the spoiled grains and chaff to another side.

Then the owners take a broom and sweep them even further away.

For what reason?

So that they don't spoil the good grain.

"So too, so long as the bhikkhus do not see his offense, a certain person here has the same manner of going forward ... and carrying his outer robe and bowl as the others, the good bhikkhus.

When, however, the bhikkhus see his offense, they know him as [171] a corruption among ascetics, just chaff and trash among ascetics.

Then they expel him.

For what reason?

So that he doesn't corrupt the good bhikkhus.

"Suppose a man needs a gutter for a well.

He would take a sharp axe and enter the woods.

He would strike a number of trees with the blade of his axe.

When so struck, the firm and pithy trees would give off a dull sound, but those that are inwardly rotten, corrupt and decayed would give off a hollow sound.

The man would cut this tree down at its foot, cut off the crown, thoroughly clean it out, and use it as a gutter for a well.

"So too, bhikkhus, so long as the bhikkhus do not see his offense, a certain person here has the same manner of going forward and returning, of looking ahead and looking aside, of bending and stretching his limbs, of wearing his robes and carrying his outer robe and bowl, as the good bhikkhus.

When, however, the bhikkhus see his offense, they know him as corruption among ascetics, just chaff and trash among ascetics.

Then they expel him.

For what reason?

So that he doesn't corrupt the good bhikkhus."

[172] By living together with him, know him as
an angry person with evil desires;
a denigrator, obstinate, and insolent,
envious, miserly, and deceptive.

He speaks to people just like an ascetic,
[addressing them] with a calm voice;
but secretly he does evil deeds,
holds pernicious views, and lacks respect.

Though he is devious, a speaker of lies,
you should know him as he truly is;
then you should all meet in harmony
and firmly drive him away.

Get rid of the trash!
Remove the depraved fellows!
Sweep the chaff away, non-ascetics
who think themselves ascetics!

Having banished those of evil desires,
of bad conduct and resort,
dwell in communion, ever mindful,
the pure with the pure;
then, in harmony, alert,
you will make an end of suffering.


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