Vaccha Sutta: To Vaccha

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    In a herd of cattle,
    ……….whether black, white,
    ……….ruddy, brown,
    ……….dappled, uniform,
    ……….or pigeon gray:
    if a bull is born —
    ……….tame, enduring,
    ……………consummate in strength,
    ……….swift —
    people yoke him to burdens,
    regardless of his color.
    In the same way,
    wherever one is born
    among human beings —
    ……….noble warriors, priests,
    ……………merchants, workers,
    ……………outcastes, or scavengers —
    if one is tame, with good practices,
    righteous, consummate in virtue,
    a speaker of truth, with conscience at heart,
    ……………one
    who’s abandoned birth & death,
    completed the holy life
    put down the burden,
    done the task
    ……………fermentation-free,
    gone beyond all dhammas,
    through lack of clinging unbound:

    ……………offerings to this spotless field
    ………………..bear an abundance of fruit.

    But fools, unknowing,
    dull, uninformed,
    give gifts outside
    and don’t come near the good.
    While those who do come near the good
    ……….— regarded as enlightened,
    ……….wise —
    whose trust in the One Well-gone
    ……….has taken root,
    ……….is established & firm:
    they go to the world of the devas
    or are reborn here in good family.
    ……….Step by step
    ……….they reach
    ……….Unbinding
    ………………..: they
    ………………..who are wise

    Vaccha Sutta: To Vaccha (On Giving)


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