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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 company approached the Blessed One, illuminating the whole of Jeta's grove, they worshiped the Blessed One and stood on a side.

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

"Associate all and become intimate with all,
Know the right Teaching of Great Men. It's not demerit, it's for well being."

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

"Associate all and become intimate with all,
Know the right Teaching of Great Men. It's gaining wisdom for extinction."

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

"Associate all and become intimate with all,
Know the right Teaching of Great Men. It's not grieving, among the grief stricken."

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

"Associate all and become intimate with all,
Know the right Teaching of Great Men. It's shining amidst your relations."

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

"Associate all and become intimate with all.
Know the right Teaching of Great Men. Thus beings are born in heaven."

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

"Associate all and become intimate with all,
Know the right Teaching of Great Men. By that beings stay pleasant."

9. "Then another deity said to the Blessed One: "Venerable sir, whose words are good words?"

"All these are good words, yet listen to what I have to say.
"Associate all and become intimate with all,
Know the right Teaching of Great Men, and be released from all unpleasantness."

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