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Equality (1st) —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 4

6. Overflowing Merit

55. Equality (1st)

1.1So I have heard. 1.2At one time the Buddha was staying in the land of the Bhaggas on Crocodile Hill, in the deer park at Bhesakaḷā’s Wood.

1.3Then the Buddha robed up in the morning and, taking his bowl and robe, went to the home of the householder Nakula’s father, where he sat on the seat spread out.

1.4Then the householder Nakula’s father and the housewife Nakula’s mother went up to the Buddha, bowed, and sat down to one side. Nakula’s father said to the Buddha, 2.1“Sir, ever since we were both young, and Nakula’s mother was given to me in marriage, I can’t recall betraying her even in thought, still less in deed. 2.2We want to see each other in both this life and the next.”

2.3Then Nakula’s mother said to the Buddha, 2.4“Sir, ever since we were both young, and I was given in marriage to Nakula’s father, I can’t recall betraying him even in thought, still less in deed. 2.5We want to see each other in both this life and the next.”

3.1“Householders, if wife and husband want to see each other in both this life and the next, they should be equals in faith, ethical conduct, generosity, and wisdom.

4.1When both are faithful and kind,
4.2disciplined, living properly,
4.3then wife and husband
4.4say nice things to each other.

5.1They get all the things they need,
5.2so they live at ease.
5.3Their enemies are downhearted,
5.4when both are equal in ethics.

6.1Having practiced the teaching here,
6.2both equal in precepts and observances,
6.3they delight in the heavenly realm,
6.4enjoying all the pleasures they desire.”