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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


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

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 this stanza in the presence of the Blessed One:

"Faith, is a companion to man,
If he does not lack faith,
Fame, praise and such things come to him,
Also he goes to heaven when leaving the body
Dispel anger and chase out measuring,
Overcome all bonds,
Not soiled by name and matter
Those without perceptions,
Do not fall into trouble.
The foolish dabble in negligence
The wise one protects diligence, more than his wealth.
Do not dabble in negligence! Do not be passionate for sensual pleasures!
Those concentrating diligently reach to the highest pleasantness."

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