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Tipitaka >> Sutta Pitaka >> Samyutta Nikaya >> Macchara Sutta

Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


"In this world there are the miserly, greedy and the revilers
They destroy gifts given to others. What results do they reap?
And where do they go hereafter? We came to know about this."
"The miserly, greedy and the revilers, who destroy gifts given to others
Are reborn in hell, as animals or the underworld
If reborn as humans would be in a poor clan,
Clothes, scraps of food, amusement and play, from wherever
They gain with difficulty, when others see them as foolish,
That too they will not gain.
These are results here and now and decrease hereafter."
"Now we know this. And ask another question:
If a benevolent one, free from miserliness is born in this world,
With unwavering faith in the enlightenment, Teaching
And the Community of bhikkus, what results, does he reap in this world and hereafter?
We want to know this too."
"If a benevolent one free from miserliness is born in this world,
With unwavering faith in the enlightenment, Teaching
And the Community of bhikkhus
Where he is born, explains the heaven.
If born as a human in this world,
Will be born in a wealthy family with resources
Clothes, scraps of food, amusement and play, he will gain without difficulty.
And he will enjoy the wealth amassed by others, as if it was his own.
These are results here and now and increase, hereafter."

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