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Tipitaka >> Sutta Pitaka >> Samyutta Nikaya >> agadatta Sutta

Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


1. I heard thus. At one time venerable Nàgadatta lived in a stretch of forest in the country of Kosala.

2. At that time, venerable Nàgadatta enters the village too early and returns very late.

3. Then a deity living in that stretch of forest out of compassion, wishing to arouse remorse, approached venerable Nagàdatta.

4. Approaching, said these stanzas:

"Nàgadatta, enter the village at the right time and return early.
Do not associate householders too long, I'm afraid, do not share
Pleasant and unpleasant feelings, association with families is the bond
King of Death is powerful, do not enter his domains.

5. Then venerable Nàgadatta made remorseful by the deity became concerned.

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