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Tipitaka >> Sutta Pitaka >> Samyutta Nikaya >> Susima Sutta

Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


1. At Sàvatthi.

2. Venerable ânanda approached the Blessed One, worshipped and sat on side. Then the Blessed One said thus to venerable ânanda:

"ânanda, is Sàriputta pleased with you too?"

3. "Venerable sir, how could venerable Sàriputta be displeased with someone, who is not a fool, not corrupt, not erring and thinks in a constructive way? Venerable sir, venerable Sàriputta is very wise, has a wide understanding, is quick witted, has keen intelligence, has sharp and penetrating wisdom, has few desires, is satisfied, is secluded and without associations, with aroused effort, particular about his observances, speaks gently, exhorts reprovingly, disapproves evil, so why should venerable Sàriputta be displeased with someone, who is not a fool, not corrupt, not erring and thinks in a constructive way."

4. "ânanda, you are right, how could Sàriputta be displeased with someone, who is not a fool, not corrupt, not erring and thinks in a constructive way? ânanda, Sàriputta, is very wise, has a wide understanding, is quick witted, has keen intelligence, has sharp and penetrating wisdom, has few desires, is satisfied, is secluded and without associations, with aroused effort, particular about his observances, speaks gently, exhorts reprovingly, disapproves evil, so why should Sàriputta be displeased with someone, who is not a fool, not corrupt, not erring and thinks in a constructive way?"

5. Then Susima the son of the gods hearing the words, praising venerable Sàriputta accompanied by a large number of sons of gods, approached the Blessed One, worshipped and stood on a side.

6. Standing on a side, Susima the son of the gods said thus to the Blessed One:

"That is so, Blessed One! It's so, Well Gone One! How could venerable Sàriputta be displeased with someone, who is not a fool, not corrupt, not erring and thinks in a constructive way? Venerable sir, venerable Sàriputta is very wise, has a wide understanding, is quick witted, has keen intelligence, has sharp and penetrating wisdom, has few desires, is satisfied, is secluded and without associations, with aroused effort, is particular about his observances, speaks gently, exhorts reprovingly, disapproves evil, so why should venerable Sàriputta be displeased with someone, who is not a fool, not corrupt, not erring and thinks in a constructive way?"

7. Then Susima, the son of the god's companions, the sons of gods, hearing the words of praise given to venerable Sàriputta were delighted and overjoyed and spoke high and low about venerable Sàriputta making their own manifestations of him.

8. Like the beryl gem with a good birth, cut on the eight sides, placed on an orange blanket would shine and give luster, in the same manner Susima, the son of the god's companions, the sons of gods hearing the words of praise given to venerable Sàriputta were delighted and overjoyed and spoke high and low about venerable Sàriputta making their own manifestations of him.

9. Like a golden ornament completed by a well accomplished expert goldsmith, placed on an orange blanket would shine and give luster, in the same manner Susima, the son of the god's companion gods, the sons of gods, hearing the words of praise given to venerable Sàriputta were delighted and overjoyed and spoke high and low about venerable Sàriputta making their own manifestations of him.

10. Like the morning star which shines resplendent in the sky in the last watch of the night, in the same manner Susima, the son of the god's companions, the sons of gods, hearing the words of praise given to venerable Sàriputta were delighted and overjoyed and spoke high and low about venerable Sàriputta making their own manifestations of him.

11. Like the sun in the Autumn, risen in a cloudless sky and dispelling all darkness would shine and burn, in the same manner Susima, the son of the god's companions the sons of gods, hearing the words of praise given to venerable Sàriputta were delighted and overjoyed and spoke high and low about venerable Sàriputta making their own manifestations of him.

12. Then Susima the son of the gods said this stanza in the presence of the Blessed One, about venerable Sàriputta:

"Sàriputta, considered as wise, is without anger,
With few desires, is gentle and tame, he is the sage praised by the Teacher."

13. The Blessed One in reply to Susima the son of the gods said this stanza:

"Sàriputta, considered as wise, is without anger,
With few desires, is gentle and tame, he marks time attending carefully."

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