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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna

Thus I heard. At one time the Blessed One was living in the monastery offered by Anàthapiõóika in Jeta's grove in Sàvatthi.

A certain deity, when the night was waning illuminating the whole of Jeta's grove with an effulgent light approached the Blessed One, worshipped and stood on a side.

Standing on a side, that deity pronounced these stanzas in the presence of the Blessed One:

"When the house is on fire, things given away,
Are important, the rest get burnt with the house.
Thus our forefathers were carried away by decay and death,
And whatever they gave got established for them.
The given brought pleasant results, the not given was left behind,
Robbers or kings took them, or it was destroyed by fire.
At the end the body is burnt with all its belongings,
Knowing this the wise partake and give their wealth
By partaking and giving in their capacity
Without blame procure a place in heaven."

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