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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


1. In Sàvatthi.

2. King Pasenadi of Kosala approached the Blessed One, worshipped sat on a side and said to the Blessed One:

"Venerable sir, when I was lost in my thoughts, this occurred to me, `there are a few in this world, who on gaining great wealth and riches do not become intoxicated and negligent, do not greed for sensuality and fall on the wrong track hurting beings. Yet there are many more who on gaining great wealth and riches become intoxicated and negligent, greed for sensuality and fall on the wrong track, hurting beings."

3. "Great king, it is so! There are a few in this world, who on gaining great wealth and riches do not become intoxicated and negligent, do not greed for sensuality and fall on the wrong track hurting beings. Yet there are many more who on gaining great wealth and riches, become intoxicated and negligent, greed for sensuality and fall on the wrong track, hurting beings."

4. When enjoying sense pleasures greedily, swooned,

People forget the essential, like wild animals ensnared in a trap,
It's late, when they realize the sharp and evil results."

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