24: Ālavakasuttaṁ



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evaṁ me sutaṁ:
ekaṁ samayaṁ bhagavā ālaviyaṁ viharati ālavakassa yakkhassa bhavane.

atha kho ālavako yakkho yena bhagavā tenupasaṅkami, upasaṅkamitvā bhagavantaṁ etad-avoca:

“nikkhama samaṇā!” ti,
“sādhāvuso” ti bhagavā nikkhami.
“pavisa samaṇā!” ti,
“sādhāvuso” ti bhagavā pāvisi.

 

dutiyam-pi kho ālavako yakkho bhagavantaṁ etad-avoca:

“nikkhama samaṇā!” ti,
“sādhāvuso” ti bhagavā nikkhami.
“pavisa samaṇā!” ti,
“sādhāvuso” ti bhagavā pāvisi.

 

tatiyam-pi kho ālavako yakkho bhagavantaṁ etad-avoca:

“nikkhama samaṇā!” ti,
“sādhāvuso” ti bhagavā nikkhami.
“pavisa samaṇā!” ti,
“sādhāvuso” ti bhagavā pāvisi.

 

catuttham-pi kho ālavako yakkho bhagavantaṁ etad-avoca:

“nikkhama samaṇā!” ti,
“na khvāhaṁ āvuso CBhp: nakkhvāhaṁtaṁāvuso.01 nikkhamissāmi,
yaṁ te karaṇīyaṁ taṁ karohī” ti.

 

“pañhaṁ taṁ samaṇa pucchissāmi, sace me na vyākarissasi, cittaṁ vā te khipissāmi, hadayaṁ vā te phālessāmi, pādesu vā gahetvā pāragaṅgāya khipissāmī” ti.

“na khvāhaṁ CBhp: nakkhvāhaṁ.02 taṁ āvuso passāmi, sadevake loke samārake sabrahmake, sassamaṇabrāhmaṇiyā pajāya sadevamanussāya, yo me cittaṁ vā khipeyya, hadayaṁ vā phāleyya, pādesu vā gahetvā pāragaṅgāya khipeyya. api ca tvaṁ āvuso puccha yad-ākaṅkhasī” ti. atha kho ālavako yakkho bhagavantaṁ gāthāya ajjhabhāsi:

 

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“kiṁ sūdha vittaṁ purisassa seṭṭhaṁ?

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kiṁ su suciṇṇo sukham-āvahāti?

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kiṁ su have sādutaraṁ PPV, PPV2: sādhutaraṁ, also in next verse.03 rasānaṁ?

⏑−−−,¦−⏑⏑¦−⏑−− Vedic opening
kathaṁ jīviṁ jīvitam-āhu seṭṭhan?” ti CBhp: omit ti, also in next verse.04 [1]

 

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“saddhīdha vittaṁ purisassa seṭṭhaṁ.

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dhammo suciṇṇo sukham-āvahāti.

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saccaṁ have sādutaraṁ rasānaṁ.

−−−−,¦−⏑⏑¦−⏑−− Vedic opening
paññājīviṁ jīvitam-āhu seṭṭhan”-ti. [2]

 

⏑−⏑⏑¦⏑−−−¦¦⏑−⏑⏑⏑¦⏑−⏑− pathyā
“kathaṁ su taratī oghaṁ? ~ kathaṁ su tarati CBhp: arati.05 aṇṇavaṁ? Metre: all lines from here on are to be understood as the pathyā form of Siloka unless otherwise indicated.06

⏑−⏑−¦−,−−−¦¦⏑−⏑⏑¦⏑−⏑− mavipula
kathaṁ su dukkhaṁ acceti? ~ kathaṁ su parisujjhati?” [3]

 

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“saddhāya taratī CBhp: tarati.07 oghaṁ. ~ appamādena aṇṇavaṁ.

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viriyena dukkhaṁ acceti. ~ paññāya parisujjhati.” [4]

 

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“kathaṁ su labhate paññaṁ? ~ kathaṁ su vindate dhanaṁ?

⏑−⏑−¦−,−−−¦¦⏑−−−¦⏑−⏑− mavipula
kathaṁ su kittiṁ pappoti? ~ kathaṁ mittāni ganthati?

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asmā lokā paraṁ lokaṁ ~ kathaṁ pecca na socati?” [5]

 

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“saddahāno arahataṁ ~ dhammaṁ nibbānapattiyā,

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sussūsā labhate paññaṁ, ~ appamatto vicakkhaṇo. [6]

 

⏑⏑−⏑−¦−⏑⏑−¦¦−−−−¦⏑−⏑− bhavipula
patirūpakārī dhuravā, ~ uṭṭhātā vindate dhanaṁ.

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saccena kittiṁ pappoti. ~ dadaṁ mittāni ganthati. [7]

 

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yassete caturo dhammā ~ saddhassa gharamesino:

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saccaṁ, dhammo, dhitī, CBhp: dhiti.08 cāgo, ~ sa ve pecca na socati,

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asmā lokā paraṁ lokaṁ ~ evaṁ pecca na socati. MPP: omits this line; PPV2: savepecca.09 [8]

 

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iṅgha aññe pi pucchassu, ~ puthū MPP, PPV2: puthu, and in the reply below10 samaṇabrāhmaṇe,

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yadi saccā damā cāgā ~ khantyā bhiyyo na vijjati.” PPV: bhīyyonavijjatī; PPV2: bhīyyonavijjati.11 [9]

 

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“kathan nu dāni puccheyyaṁ, ~ puthū samaṇabrāhmaṇe,

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sohaṁ ajja pajānāmi ~ yo attho CBhp, PPV: yocattho.12 samparāyiko? [10]

 

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atthāya vata me buddho ~ vāsāy' ālavim-āgamī. CBhp, PPV: ālavim-āgami.13

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sohaṁ ajja pajānāmi ~ yattha dinnaṁ mahapphalaṁ. [11]

 

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so ahaṁ vicarissāmi ~ gāmā gāmaṁ purā puraṁ,

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namassamāno sambuddhaṁ ~ dhammassa ca sudhammatan”-ti. [12]

 

evaṁ vatvā CBhp: evaṁ vutte.14 ālavako yakkho bhagavantaṁ etad-avoca: “abhikkantaṁ bho gotama! abhikkantaṁ bho gotama! seyyathā pi bho gotama nikkujjitaṁ vā ukkujjeyya, paṭicchannaṁ vā vivareyya, mūḷhassa vā maggaṁ ācikkheyya, andhakāre vā telapajjotaṁ dhāreyya cakkhumanto rūpāni dakkhintī ti, evam-evaṁ bhotā gotamena anekapariyāyena dhammo pakāsito. esāhaṁ bhavantaṁ gotamaṁ saraṇaṁ gacchāmi, dhammañ-ca bhikkhusaṅghañ-ca. upāsakaṁ maṁ bhavaṁ gotamo dhāretu ajjatagge pāṇupetaṁ saraṇaṁ gatan”-ti.