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Sources —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 3

4. Messengers of the Gods

34. Sources

1.1“Mendicants, there are these three sources that give rise to deeds. 1.2What three? 1.3Greed, hate, and delusion are sources that give rise to deeds.

2.1Any deed that emerges from greed—born, sourced, and originated from greed—ripens where that new life-form is born. 2.2And wherever that deed ripens, its result is experienced—either in the present life, or in the next life, or in some subsequent period.

3.1Any deed that emerges from hate—born, sourced, and originated from hate—ripens where that new life-form is born. 3.2And wherever that deed ripens, its result is experienced—either in the present life, or in the next life, or in some subsequent period.

4.1Any deed that emerges from delusion—born, sourced, and originated from delusion—ripens where that new life-form is born. 4.2And wherever that deed ripens, its result is experienced—either in the present life, or in the next life, or in some subsequent period.

5.1Suppose some seeds were intact, unspoiled, not weather-damaged, fertile, and well-kept. They’re sown in a well-prepared, productive field, 5.2and the heavens provide plenty of rain. 5.3Then those seeds would grow, increase, and mature.

5.4In the same way, any deed that emerges from greed—born, sourced, and originated from greed—ripens where that new life-form is born. 5.5And wherever that deed ripens, its result is experienced—either in the present life, or in the next life, or in some subsequent period.

6.1Any deed that emerges from hate …

6.2Any deed that emerges from delusion—born, sourced, and originated from delusion—ripens where that new life-form is born. 6.3And wherever that deed ripens, its result is experienced—either in the present life, or in the next life, or in some subsequent period. 6.4These are three sources that give rise to deeds.

7.1Mendicants, there are these three sources that give rise to deeds. 7.2What three? 7.3Contentment, love, and understanding are sources that give rise to deeds.

8.1Any deed that emerges from contentment—born, sourced, and originated from contentment—is given up when greed is done away with. It’s cut off at the root, made like a palm stump, obliterated, and unable to arise in the future.

9.1Any deed that emerges from love—born, sourced, and originated from love—is abandoned when hate is done away with. It’s cut off at the root, made like a palm stump, obliterated, and unable to arise in the future.

10.1Any deed that emerges from understanding—born, sourced, and originated from understanding—is abandoned when delusion is done away with. It’s cut off at the root, made like a palm stump, obliterated, and unable to arise in the future.

11.1Suppose some seeds were intact, unspoiled, not damaged by wind and sun, fertile, and well-kept. 11.2But someone would burn them with fire, 11.3reduce them to ashes, 11.4and sweep away the ashes in a strong wind, or float them away down a swift stream. 11.5Then those seeds would be cut off at the root, made like a palm stump, obliterated, and unable to arise in the future.

11.6In the same way, any deed that emerges from contentment—born, sourced, and originated from contentment—is abandoned when greed is done away with. It’s cut off at the root, made like a palm stump, obliterated, and unable to arise in the future.

12.1Any deed that emerges from love … 12.2Any deed that emerges from understanding—born, sourced, and originated from understanding—is abandoned when delusion is done away with. 12.3It’s cut off at the root, made like a palm stump, obliterated, and unable to arise in the future.

12.4These are three sources that give rise to deeds.

13.1When an ignorant person acts
13.2out of greed, hate, or delusion,
13.3any deeds they have performed
13.4—whether a little or a lot—
13.5are to be experienced right here,
13.6not in any other place.

14.1So a wise person,
14.2a mendicant arousing knowledge
14.3of the outcome of greed, hate, and delusion,
14.4abandons all bad destinations.”