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IV:9 The question raised by the Venerable Ananda

While Venerable Ananda was sitting by himself one evening, the problem relating to scents and perfumes came to his mind and he pondered, 'The scent of wood, the scent of flowers and the scent of roots all spread with the current of wind but not against it. Is there no scent which would spread with the current of the wind as well as against it? Is there no scent which would pervade every part of the world?' The Buddha answered, 'Ananda, supposing there is one who takes refuge* in the Triple Gem (Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha), who observes the five moral precepts, who is generous and not avaricious; such a man is truly virtuous and truly worthy of praise. The reputation of that virtuous one would spread far and wide, and bhikkhus, brahmins and laymen all alike would speak in praise of him wherever he lives.'

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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