( Mangala-sutta )


Thus have I heard:

        The Blessed One was once living at the monastery of Anatha-pindika in Jeta’s grove, near Savatthi, Now when the night was far advanced, a certain deity, whose surpassing splendour illuminated the entire Jeta Grove, come into the presence of the Blessed One, and, drawing near, respectfully saluted Him and stood on side . Standing thus, he addressed the Blessed One in verse:

        ‘Many deities and men, yearning after happiness, have pondered on Blessings. Pray, tell me the Highest Blessing!’

        Not to associate with fools, to associate with the wise, and to honour those who are worthy of honour—this is the Highest Blessing.

        ‘To reside in a suitable locality, to have done meritorious actions in the past, and to set oneself in the right course—this is the Highest Blessing.

        Vast learning (skill in) handicraft, a highly trained discipline, and pleasant speech—this is the Highest Blessing.

        Supporting one’s father and mother, cherishing wife and children, and peaceful occupations—this is the Highest Blessing.

        Liberality, righteous conduct, the helping of relatives, and blameless action—

this is the Highest Blessing.

        To cease and abstain from evil, abstention from intoxicating drinks, and diligence in virtue—this is the Highest Blessing.

        Reverence, humility, contentment, gratitude and the opportune hearing of the Dhamma—this is the Highest Blessing.

        Patience, obedience, seeing the Samanas (holy men), and (taking part in) religious

discussions at proper times—this is the Highest Blessing.

           Self-control, Holy Life, perception of the Noble Truths, and the realization of Nibbana-- this is the Highest Blessing.

        If a man’s mind is sorrowless, stainless and secure, and does not shake when touched by worldly vicissitudes—this is the Highest Blessing.

        Those who thus acting are everywhere unconquered, attain happiness everywhere—to them these are the Highest Blessings.

( Suttanipata, II. 4 )




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