SN IV 42.1 To Caṇḍa the Furious

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SN IV 42.1 To Caṇḍa the Furious

At Sāvatthi.

 

At that time,

Caṇḍa the Furious went to the Awakened One

Paid respects, sat to the side and asked:

 

“Bhante, what is the cause and the reason why

some people are furious and are known to be furious?

 

And what is the cause and the reason why

some others are kind and known to be kind.”

 

[1. Fury] #

 

[The Buddha]

Here headman,

(1) One has not abandoned selfish desires. [1]

When selfish desires are not abandoned,

     one gets angry at others. [2]

 

Then, holding a mind of anger towards others,

     one displays anger. [3]

 

This is how one is known to be furious. [4]

 

(2) One has not abandoned hatred.

Because hatred is not abandoned,

     one gets angry at others.

 

Then, holding a mind of anger towards others,

     one displays anger.

 

This is how one is known to be furious.

 

(3) One has not abandoned delusion.

Because delusion is not abandoned,

     one gets angry at others.

 

Then, holding a mind of anger towards others,

     one displays anger.

 

This is how one is known to be furious.

 

This is the cause and the reason why

some people are furious and are known to be furious.

 

[2. Kindness] #

 

Here headman,

(1) One has abandoned selfish desires.

Because selfish desires are abandoned,

                  one does not get angry at others.

 

Then, not holding an angry mind towards others,

                  one does not display anger.

 

This is how one is known to be kind. [5]

 

(2) One has abandoned hatred.

Because hatred is abandoned,

                  one does not get angry at others.

 

Then, not holding an angry mind towards others,

                  one does not display anger.

 

This is how one is known to be kind.

 

(3) One has abandoned delusion.

Because delusion is abandoned,

                  one does not get angry at others.

 

Then, not holding an angry mind towards others,

                  one does not display anger.

 

This is how one is known to be kind.

 

This is the cause and the reason why

some people are kind and are known to be kind.

 

When this was said, Caṇḍa the headman exclaimed:

“Wonderful Bhante, Wonderful!

 

Just as if what had fallen over had been set upright,

or as what had been hidden was uncovered,

or as if the way was shown to someone who was lost,

or as if a light was shone in the darkness, thinking:

 

“Let those with vision see!”

In the same way Bhante,

the Awakened One has brought forth

and elucidated the Dhamma in countless ways.

 

Bhante, I go to the Awakened One as a refuge

to the Dhamma and to the bhikkhu saṅgha.

 

From today onward,

Let the Awakened one consider me as a lay follower,

who has gone for refuge for life.” [6]

 

[1] ekaccassa rāgo appahīno hoti.

[2] Rāgassa appahīnattā pare kopenti,

[3] parehi kopiyamāno kopaṃ pātukaroti.

[4] So caṇḍotveva saṅkhaṃ gacchati.

[5] So soratotveva saṅkhaṃ gacchati.

[6] Upāsakaṃ maṃ bhagavā dhāretu ajjatagge pāṇupetaṃ saraṇaṃ gatan”ti.

This is a gift of Dhamma

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