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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


1. In Sàvatthi.

2. King Pasenadi of Kosala approached the Blessed One, worshipped and sat on a side Seated, king Pasenadi of Kosala said: "Venerable sir, is there one thing, with which, one could attain welfare in this and the other world?"

3. "Great king, there is one thing, with which, one could attain welfare in this and the other world."

4. "Venerable sir, what is the one thing, with which, one could attain welfare in this and the other world?"

5. "Great king, diligence is the one thing, with which, one could attain welfare in this and the other world. Just as the foot prints of all moving things get included in the foot print of the elephant, and it is said to be the foremost of foot prints, in the same manner, great king, with this one thing, the welfare in this and the other world, could be attained.

6. "By those wishing with attachment the excellence, again and again

Of life span, good health, beauty, heavens and high birth,
Merit should be done, wisely appreciating diligence.
Diligence, serves for the welfare of this and the other world.
When the diligent one attains his aim, he is called a wise man.

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