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Sappurisadāna Suttaṃ

(A.iii.172)

The Gift of a Good Man

“These, monks, are the five gifts of a good man. What five? He gives a gift with faith, he gives a gift with respect, he gives a gift at the right time, he gives a gift without clinging, unreservedly, he gives a gift without harming himself or others.

“Having given a gift with faith, monks, wherever that gift bears fruit, he is rich, very rich, of great wealth, he is handsome, pleasing to behold, and his complexion is perfect.

“Having given a gift with respect, monks, wherever the gift bears fruit, he is rich, very rich, of great wealth. His children, wives, slaves, servants, or workers listen to him, lend an ear, and apply their minds to understand him.

“Having given a gift at the right time, monks, wherever that gift bears fruit, he is rich, very rich, of great wealth, and abundant benefits accrue to him whenever they are needed.

“Having given a gift without clinging, unreservedly, monks, wherever that gift bears fruit, he is rich, very rich, of great wealth. He appreciates the most refined pleasures of the five senses.

“Having given a gift without harming himself or others, monks, wherever that gift bears fruit, he is rich, very rich, of great wealth. and no harm comes to his wealth or property, neither from fire, nor flood, nor kings, nor thieves, nor unloved heirs.

These, monks, are the five gifts of a good man.


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