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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords

X:3 The youths who beat a snake

Once, the Buddha was out on an almsround at Savatthi, when he came across a number of youths beating a snake with sticks. When questioned, the youths answered that they were beating the snake because they were afraid that the snake might bite them. The Buddha admonished them, 'If you don't want to be harmed, you should also not harm others *: if you harm others, you will not find happiness even in your future existence.'

Perceiving the evils of hatred and reflecting mindfully on the admonition of the Enlightened One, all the youths attained the first stage of Sainthood.

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