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Likable —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 5

5. With King Muṇḍa

43. Likable

1.1Then the householder Anāthapiṇḍika went up to the Buddha, bowed, and sat down to one side. The Buddha said to him:

2.1“Householder, these five things that are likable, desirable, and agreeable are hard to get in the world. 2.2What five? 2.3Long life, 2.4beauty, 2.5happiness, 2.6fame, 2.7and heaven. 2.8These are the five things that are likable, desirable, and agreeable, but hard to get in the world.

3.1And I say that these five things are not got by praying or wishing for them. 3.2If they were, who would lack them?

4.1A noble disciple who wants to live long ought not pray for it, or hope for it, or pine for it. 4.2Instead, they should practice the way that leads to long life. 4.3For by practicing that way they gain long life 4.4as a god or a human being.

5.1A noble disciple who wants to be beautiful ought not pray for it, or hope for it, or pine for it. 5.2Instead, they should practice the way that leads to beauty. 5.3For by practicing that way they gain beauty 5.4as a god or a human being.

6.1A noble disciple who wants to be happy ought not pray for it, or hope for it, or pine for it. 6.2Instead, they should practice the way that leads to happiness. 6.3For by practicing that way they gain happiness 6.4as a god or a human being.

7.1A noble disciple who wants to be famous ought not pray for it, or hope for it, or pine for it. 7.2Instead, they should practice the way that leads to fame. 7.3For by practicing that way they gain fame 7.4as a god or a human being.

8.1A noble disciple who wants to go to heaven ought not pray for it, or hope for it, or pine for it. 8.2Instead, they should practice the way that leads to heaven. 8.3For by practicing that way they gain heaven, 8.4they are one who gains the heavens.

9.1For one who desires a continuous flow
9.2of exceptional delights—
9.3long life, beauty, fame and reputation,
9.4heaven, and birth in an eminent family—

10.1the astute praise diligence
10.2in making merit.
10.3Being diligent, an astute person
10.4secures both benefits:

11.1the benefit in this life,
11.2and in lives to come.
11.3A wise one, comprehending the meaning,
11.4is called ‘astute’.”