NAMO BUDDHAYA !
Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa !..
Homage to the Blessed One, the Worthy One, the Supremely Enlightened One !..
Noble Eightfold Path (midle path) – 04.Right Action
# - Aggregate of Wise – (01. Right View/ 02. Right Intention)
# - Aggregates of Virtuous – (03. Right Speech / 04. Right Action / 05. Right Livelihood)
# - Aggregates of Concentration – (06. Right Effort / 07. Right Mindfulness / 08. Right Concentration)
Kumba Sutta – The Pot (SN 45:153)
"Bhikkhus (monks), just as a pot that has been turned upside down gives up its water and does not take it back, so a bhikkhu who develops and cultivates the Noble Eightfold Path gives up evil unwholesome states and does not take them back.
"And how does a bhikkhu (monk) do so? Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops right view …..................... ..right concentration, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release. It is in this way, bhikkhus, that a bhikkhu develops and cultivates the Noble Eightfold Path so that he gives up evil unwholesome states and does not take them back."
Mahachaththareesaka sutta – Discourses or Grate forty (mn-117)
"Therein, bhikkhus (monks), right view comes first. And how does right view come first? One understands wrong action as wrong action and right action as right action: this is one's right view.
"And what, bhikkhus (monks), is wrong action? Killing living beings, taking what is not given, and sexsual misconduct: this is the wrong action.
"And what, bhikkhus, is right action ? Abstinence from killing living beings, abstinence from taking what is not given, abstinence from sexsual misconduct : this is the right action.
"One makes an effort to abandon wrong action and to enter upon right action: this is one's right effort. Mindfully one abandons wrong action, mindfully one enters upon and dwells in right action: this is one's right mindfulness. Thus these three states run and circle around right action, that is, right view, right effort, and right mindfulness.
Chunda Sutta – (An-10:176)
......................(1)- [Killing living beings] "Here, someone destroys life. He is murderous, bloody-handed, given to blows and violence, merciless to living beings.
(2)- "He takes what is not given. He steals the wealth and property of others in the village or forest.
(3) "He engages in sexual misconduct. He has sexual relations with women who are protected by their mother, father, mother and father, brother, sister, or relatives; who are protected by their Dhamma; who have a husband; whose violation entails a penalty; or even with one already engaged...................
..................(1)"Here, someone, having abandoned the destruction of life, abstains from the destruction of life. With the rod and weapon laid aside, conscientious and kindly, he dwells compassionate toward all living beings.
(2) "Having abandoned the taking of what is not given, he abstains from taking what is not given. He does not steal the wealth and property of others in the village or in the forest.
(3) "Having abandoned sexual misconduct, he abstains from sexual misconduct. He does not have sexual relations with women who are protected by their mother, father, mother and father, brother, sister, or relatives; who are protected by their Dhamma; who have a husband; whose violation entails a penalty; or even with one already engaged........................................
1:11 Honest Wife Mension – (Shorted Discourses of the Buddha)
Dear Devata (Deity), your mansion is very beautiful. It is decorated with allkinds of flowers. Pretty gods and goddesses are always dancing and singing to entertain you.
Deity, you are very mighty, possessing many kinds of psychic powers. Tell me deity, what kind of meritorious action did you do when you were in the human world to have gined this beauty that shaines, and to have earned all these wonderful things?.
That deity, delighted at being questioned by Arahant Moggallana Bhanthe, gladly explained what she had done that resulted in such great happiness.
In my previous life, I was a very honest and faithful wife. I never had a desire for someone else's husband. like a mother protects her only child. There were times that I got angry, but I never spoke harshly to him.
I never told lies; lying was not a part of my life. I delighted in giving and sharing. I practiced generosity with a happy mind. I offered food and drink with respect.
Because of these meritorious deeds, I have been born as a very beautiful deity and enjoy all the wonderful things that delight my heart.
Great Bhante, these are the meritorious deeds I did to have such beautiful body that shines in all directions.
SADU !. SADU !!. SADU !!!............
Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Translated from the pali by Rev. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero,
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