Aŋguttara Nikāya


 

Aŋguttara Nikāya
VIII. Aṭṭhaka Nipāta
III: Gahapati-Vagga

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
VIII. The Book of the Eights
III. Householders

Sutta 22

Hatthigāmaka Ugga Suttaɱ

Ugga (2)

Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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[212] [1150]

[1][pts] On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling among the Vajjis at Hatthigāma.

There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus....

"Bhikkhus, you should remember the householder Ugga of Hatthigāma as one who possesses eight astounding and amazing qualities."

This is what the Blessed One said.

Having said this, the Fortunate One rose from his seat and entered his dwelling.

Then, in the morning, a certain bhikkhu dressed, took his bowl and robe, and went to the residence of the householder Ugga of Hatthigāma.

When he arrived, he sat down on the seat that was prepared for him.

Then the householder Ugga of Hatthigāma approached that bhikkhu, paid homage to him, and sat down to one side.

The bhikkhu then said to him:

[213] "Householder, the Blessed One declared that you possess eight astounding and amazing qualities.

What are they."

"I don't know, bhante, what eight astounding and amazing qualities the Blessed One declared that I possess.

However, there are found in me eight astounding and amazing qualities.

Listen and attend closely.

I will speak."

"Yes, householder," the bhikkhu replied.

The householder Ugga of Hatthigāma said this:

(1) "Bhante, I was carousing in the Nāga Grove when I first saw the Blessed One in the distance.

As soon as I saw him my mind acquired confidence in him and my drunkenness vanished.

This is the first astounding and amazing quality found in me.

(2) "With a confident mind, I attended on the Blessed One.

The Blessed One then gave me a progressive discourse ...

[as in 8:21] ...

Right there [214] I went for refuge to the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Saŋgha, and undertook the training rules with celibacy as the fifth.

This is the second astounding and amazing quality found in me.

(3) "I had four young wives.

I then went to them ... [as in 8:21] ...

But even while giving away my young wife, I don't recall that any alteration took place in my mind.

This is the third astounding and amazing quality found in me.

(4) "My family is wealthy but the wealth is shared unreservedly with virtuous people of good character.

This is the fourth astounding and amazing quality found in me.

[215] (5) "Whenever I attend on a bhikkhu, I attend on him respectfully, not without respect.

If that venerable one teaches me the Dhamma, I listen to it respectfully, not without respect.

If he doesn't teach me the Dhamma, then I teach him the Dhamma.

This is the fifth astounding and amazing quality found in me.

(6) "It isn't unusual that when the Saŋgha has been invited by me [for a meal], deities come and report to me:

'That bhikkhu, householder, is liberated in both respects.

That one is liberated by wisdom.

That one is a body witness.

That one is attained to view.

That one is liberated by faith.

That one is a Dhamma follower.

That one is a faith follower.

That one is virtuous, of good character.

That one is immoral, of bad character.'

Still, when I am serving the Saŋgha, I do not recall thinking:

'Let me give this one little, let me give that one a lot to that.'

Rather, I give with an equal mind.

This is the sixth astounding and amazing quality found in me.

(7) "It isn't unusual for deities to come and report to me:

'Householder, the Dhamma is well expounded by the Blessed One.'

I then say to those deities:

'Whether you deities say so or not, the Dhamma is well expounded by the Blessed One.'

Still, I do not recall any mental exultation arising because deities come to me or because I converse with deities.

This is the seventh astounding and amazing quality found in me. [216] (8) "If I were to pass away before the Blessed One, it wouldn't be surprising if the Blessed One would declare of me:

'There is no fetter bound by which the householder Ugga of Hatthigāma might return to this world.'

This is the eighth astounding and amazing quality found in me.

"These, bhante, are eight astounding and amazing qualities found in me.

But I don't know what eight astounding and amazing qualities the Blessed One declared that I possess."

Then that bhikkhu, having received almsfood at the residence of the householder Ugga of Hatthigāma, rose from his seat and departed.

After his meal, on returning from his alms round, he approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, sat down to one side, and reported to him the entire conversation he had had with the householder Ugga of Hatthigāma.

[The Blessed One said:]

"Good, good, bhikkhu!

I had declared that the householder Ugga of Hatthigāma possesses these same eight astounding and amazing qualities that he rightly explained to you.

You should remember the householder Ugga of Hatthigāma as one who possesses these eight astounding and amazing qualities."


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