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Tipitaka >> Sutta Pitaka >> Samyutta Nikaya >> Macchari Sutta

Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


1. I heard thus. Once the Blessed One lived in Sàvatthi in Jeta's grove in the monastery offered by Anàthapiõóika.

2. When the night was waning a large number of deities of the Satullapa group, approached the Blessed One, illuminating the whole of Jeta's grove, worshiped the Blessed One and stood on a side.

3. One of those deities said thus in the presence of the Blessed One:

"The miserly and the negligent do not give gifts such as these,
Desiring merit, gifts should be given knowing."

4. Then another deity said thus in the presence of the Blessed One:

"With whatever fears the miserly do not give gifts,
Through that same fear, they give gifts
Hunger and thirst are the things that the miserly fear,
That same fear, touch them, in this and the other world.
Therefore lessen miserliness by giving gifts and overcoming stains
It's merit that establishes living beings in the next world."

5. Then another deity said thus in the presence of the Blessed One:

"They do not die on account of the dead, like a jungle road abandoned for, its faults.
Even a little should be bestowed on them, that is the ancient lore
Some bestow a little, others do not give much.
Even a little given, brings thousandfold results.

6. Then another deity said thus in the presence of the Blessed One:

"Seldom the giver, gives realizing the results of action
The unappeased do not know the results of action
The right Teaching is difficult to understand.
Therefore the mindful and the absent minded,
Have different courses of action
Those unappeased, go to hell, the appeased to heaven."
Then another deity in the presence of the Blessed One said:
"Venerable sir, whose words are good?"

'All these words are good words, yet listen to what I have to say.

He who lives a life of gleaning, according to the Teaching
Nourishing his wife and giving even a little, does better than
Making a thousand sacrifices to hundred thousands.
It does not reach up, even to a quarter."

8. Then another deity said thus in the presence of the Blessed One:

"Why does such a great sacrifice,
Made rightfully not bear the highest results?
Making a thousand sacrifices, to hundred thousands.
Why does it not reach up, even to a quarter?"

9. The Blessed One replied that deity, saying this stanza:

"A certain one gives unrighteous gifts
By plundering, binding and causing grief
A thousand offerings with tearful eyes and punishment
Are not even a quarter, compared to a righteous offering."

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