Sutta Pitaka
Samyutta Nikāya
Division I - Sagātha
Book 2 - Devaputta Saṃyutta
Chapter 1 - Suriya (Paṭhamo) Vaggo

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammāsambuddhassa.

 

2. 1. 1.

(1) Kassapa - Kassapa, The Son of Gods

1. I heard thus. The Blessed One was living in the monastery offered by Anāthapiṇḍika, in Jeta's grove, in Sāvatthi. When the night was waning, Kassapa, the son of the gods with a resplendent light illuminated the whole of Jeta's grove approached the Blessed One, worshipped, stood on a side and said:

“The Blessed One illustrated the bhikkhu, but did not give advice.”

2. “Then Kassapa explain what you say.”

3. “Train to talk good words, revere, the recluses, sit secluded and appease the mind.”

4. Saying that, Kassapa, the son of the gods waited for the approval of the Teacher. Knowing that the Teacher approves my words, worshipped, circumambulated the Blessed One and vanished from there.

 

2. 1. 2.

(2) Kassapa II - The Son of Gods II

1. In Sāvatthi. At the monastery.

2. Kassapa the son of the gods standing on a side said this stanza in the presence of the Blessed One:

“The bhikkhu's released mind is one pointed,
If he desires the accomplishment of the heart,
Knowing the rising and falling in the world,
With a good mind, he does not cling to the results.”

 

2. 1. 3.

(3) Māgho - Māgha the Son of Gods

1. In Sāvatthi, at the monastery.

2. Magha the son of the gods standing on a side said this stanza in the presence of the Blessed One:

“Having cut what, does one sleep well and not grieve?
The destruction of what one thing, does Gotama like?”

“Having cut anger one sleeps well and does not grieve.
O! Vatrabhu, the destruction of the poisoned root and the sweet top
Of anger. the noble ones praise, as the state free from grief.”

 

2. 1. 4.

(4) Māgadho - Māgadha the Son of Gods

1. In Sāvatthi at the monastery.

2. Magadha the son of the gods standing on a side said this stanza in the presence of the Blessed One:

“How many lights are evident in the world?
By which the world is manifested?
We came to know this from the good one.”

“There are four lights in the world, a fifth is not evident.
The sun burns during the day, the moon shines at night,
Fire burns here and there during the day and night.
Of those that illuminate, the Enlightened One is foremost.
His radiance is incomparable.”

 

2. 1. 5.

(5) Dāmali - Dāmali the Son of Gods

1. I heard thus. The Blessed One was living in the monastery offered by Anāthapiṇḍika, in Jeta's grove, in Sāvatthi. 2 When the night was waning, Damali, the son of the gods with a resplendent light illuminated the whole of Jeta's grove approached the Blessed One, worshipped, stood on a side and said:

“The Brahmin should make endeavor untiringly,
To dispel sensuality and should not think or wish for it.”

The Blessed One said:

“Damali, there is no work for the Brahmin, he has done his duties.
Until he gets a footing, man exerts with all his limbs.
Gaining a footing, he stands on hard ground.
Having crossed he does not exert
Damali this is the comparison for the Brahmin.
The concentrating, clever one has destroyed desires,
Have come to the end of birth and death
Does not exert, he has crossed over.”

 

2. 1. 6.

(6) Kāmado - Kāmado, the Son of Gods

1. Standing on a side Kamado, the son of the gods said this stanza in the presence of the Blessed One:

2. “O! Blessed One, it is very difficult!”

The Blessed One said:

Kamada, even the difficult is done to get established,
in the virtues and concentration of a trainer.
It's satisfaction and pleasure, to a homeless one.”

3. “O! Blessed One, satisfaction is difficult to obtain.”

The Blessed One said:

“Kamada, the difficult should be obtained by appeasing the mind day and night
with attachment to appeasement.”

4. “O! Blessed One, it is difficult to concentrate the mind.

The Blessed One said:

“Kamada, even with difficulty the mind should be concentrated attached to appeasing the mental faculties. The noble ones cut the net of death and pierce through.”

5. “O! Blessed One, the uneven path is difficult to tread.”

The Blessed One said:

“Kamada, the noble ones go, on the uneven difficult path
The non-noble ones fall on the uneven path upside down.
The noble ones make the uneven path, even.”

 

2. 1. 7.

(7) Pañcalacando - Pañcalacanda, The Son of Gods

1. Pañcalacanda, the son of the gods standing on a side said this stanza in the presence of the Blessed One:

“The wise one realized it amidst great inconvenience.
The sage, clever at attaining the higher states of the mind realized it.”

The Blessed One said:

“Pancalacanda, even with inconvenience it is done, to realize extinction
Those who rely on mindfulness are rightfully concentrated.”

 

2. 1. 8.

(8) Tāyano - Tāyana, son of Gods

1. Tayano, the son of gods, earlier a ford maker, illuminated the whole of Jeta's grove with an effulgent light, approached the Blessed One, worshipped, stood on a side and said this stanza in the presence of the Blessed One:

2. “Brahmin, cut the stream and dispel sensuality.
The sage cannot attain one point of mind without dispelling sensuality.
If you do something do it with utmost care.
If a lax holy life is lived, much demerit is accumulated.
Evil not done is better, rather than to remorse later.
Done merit, is good, there would not be remorse afterwards.
Wrong grasp of a blade of kusa grass, cuts the hand
Likewise the wrongly grasped recluseship pulls one to hell.
Whatever careless action and any impure observance,
Destroys the holy life and it would not be of fruit.”

3. Tayana, the son of gods said this, worshipped, circumambulated the Blessed One and vanished from there.

4. The Blessed One, at the end of that night addressed the bhikkhus:

5. “Bhikkhus, Tayano, the son of gods, earlier a ford maker, illuminated the whole of Jeta's grove with an effulgent light, approached me worshipped, stood on a side and said this stanza in my presence:

6. “Brahmin, cut the stream and dispel sensuality.
The sage cannot attain one point of mind without dispelling sensuality.
If you do something do it with utmost care.
Leading a lax holy life, much demerit is accumulated.
Evil not done is better, rather than to remorse later.
Done merit, is good, there would not be remorse afterwards.
Wrong grasp of a blade of kusa grass cuts the hand
Likewise the wrongly grasped recluseship pulls one to hell.
Whatever careless action and any impure observance,
Destroys the holy life and it would not be of fruit.”

Tayana, the son of gods said this, worshipped, circumambulated me and vanished from there. “Bhikkhus, learn the stanzas of Tayana, study them they are the fundamentals of the holy life, they are for your welfare.”

 

2. 1. 9.

(9) Chandima - The moon

1. At the time, the Blessed One was living in Sāvatthi.

At that time Rahu the king of the Titans had taken hold of Chandima the son of gods and Chandima the son of gods recollecting the Blessed One said this stanza:

2. “I worship you enlightened hero, you are released in every way.
I have fallen into trouble. Please rescue me

3. Then the Blessed One addressed Rahu the king of Titans saying this stanza:

“Moon takes refuge in the Thus Gone Ones.
Rahu, the Enlightened Ones have compassion, for all, the world, so release the moon.”

4. Then Rahu the king of Titans released the moon and instantly approached the king of Titans, Vepacitti, shivering with hairs standing on end, and stood on a side. Vepacitti the king of Titans said this stanza to Rahu the king of Titans:

5. “Why did frightened Rahu release the moon
Why do you stand here, as though frightened?”

6. “If I had not released the moon hearing the stanza asking me to do so.
My head would split in seven and life would not be pleasant to me.”

 

2. 1. 10.

(10) Suriyo - The Sun

1. At the time, the Blessed One was living in Sāvatthi.

Rahu the king of the Titans had taken hold of Suriya the son of gods, and Suriya the son of gods, recollecting the Blessed One said this stanza:

2. “I worship you enlightened hero, you are released in every way.
I have fallen into trouble. Please rescue me

3. Then the Blessed One addressed Rahu the king of Titans saying this stanza:

“Sun, takes refuge in the Thus Gone Ones.
Rahu, the Enlightened Ones have compassion for all, the world.
Dispelling darkness, the sun, shines and blazes in a circle.
Rahu, do not swallow the sun that moves in space. They are mine, so release the sun.”

4. Then Rahu the king of Titans released the sun and instantly approached the king of Titans, Vepacitti, shivering with hairs standing on end and stood on a side. Vepacitti the king of Titans said this stanza to Rahu the king of Titans:

5. “Why did frightened Rahu release the sun
Why do you stand here, as though frightened?”

6. “If I had not released the sun hearing the stanza asking me to do so.
My head would split in seven and life would not be pleasant to me.”