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Tipitaka >> Sutta Pitaka >> Samyutta Nikaya >> Matuposaka Sutta

Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


1. The origin is Sàvatthi.

2. Then the brahmin who nourished his mother approached the Blessed One, exchanged friendly greetings and sat on a side.

3. And the Brahmin who nourished his mother said to the Blessed One: "Good Gotama, I earn righteously and nourish mother and father. Good Gotama, acting thus am I doing my duties?"

4. Brahmin, acting thus you are doing your duties. Brahmin, he who earns by righteous means and nourishes his mother and father accrues much merit.

He that nourishes mother and father by righteous means
By his services he becomes a wise man to his parents.
In this world he rejoices, after death he enjoys heavenly bliss.

5. Then the Brahmin Matuposaka said to the Blessed One: "Good Gotama, now I understand. It's like something overturned is put upright. Something covered is made manifest. It's like one who was lost was shown the path. It's like a lamp lighted for the darkness, for those who have sight to see forms. In this and other ways the Teaching is well explained. Now I take refuge in good Gotama, in the Teaching and the Community of bhikkhus. I am a lay disciple who has taken refuge from today until I die."

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