Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lakeside, Phnom 2

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  1. Aditta Sutta: (The House) On Fire

    I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Savatthi in Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's monastery. Then a certain devata, in the far extreme of the night, her extreme radiance lighting up the entirety of Jeta's Grove, went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, stood to one side. As she was standing there, she recited these verses in the Blessed One's presence:

    When a house is on fire
    the vessel salvaged
    is the one that will be of use,
    not the one left there to burn.

    So when the world is on fire
    with aging and death,
    one should salvage [one's wealth] by giving:
    what's given is well salvaged.

    What's given bears fruit as pleasure.
    What isn't given does not:
    thieves take it away, or kings;
    it gets burnt by fire or lost.

    Then in the end
    one leaves the body
    together with one's possessions.
    Knowing this, the intelligent man
    enjoys possessions & gives.

    Having enjoyed & given
    in line with his means,
    uncensured he goes
    to the heavenly state.

    with metta