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It.076 Sukhapatthanaa Sutta | Sukha Sutta Bhikkhus, aspiring for these three kinds of happiness, a wise person should guard virtuous conduct. What are the three? Aspiring 'May praise come to me,' a wise person should guard virtuous conduct. Aspiring 'May I become wealthy,' a wise person should guard virtuous conduct. Aspiring 'Upon the perishing of the body at death may I be reborn in a good bourn, a heavenly world,' a wise person should guard virtuous conduct. These are the three kinds of happiness aspiring for which a wise person should guard virtuous conduct." Aspiring for three kinds of happiness The wise person should guard virtue: Praise, the obtaining of property, Rejoicing in heaven hereafter. If one who does no evil Associates with an evil-doer, He is suspected of evil And his disrepute grows. Whatever person is made a friend, Whomever one associates with, One becomes of like quality, One becomes like one's companion. The follower and the followed, One who contacts and one contacted, Are like an arrow coated with poison That contaminates the quiver it is in. Fearing contamination the wise person Should not have evil friends. A man who ties up putrid fish With some blades of kusa-grass Makes the kusa-grass smell putrid; So it is with those who follow fools. But a man who wraps tagara powder In the broad leaf of a tree Makes the leaf smell fragrant; So it is with those who follow sages. Therefore as with the leaf-container, Understanding the outcome for oneself, The unvirtuous should not be followed, A wise person should follow the virtuous. The unvirtuous lead one to hell, The virtuous help one reach heaven. 45/467 Itivuttaka Khuddhaka It.067 aspiration, happiness


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