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Verses 104 and 105: The Story of the Brahmin Anatthapucchaka

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verses (104) and (105) of this
book, with reference to Anatthapucchaka, a brahmin.

On one occasion, a Brahmin by the name of Anatthapucchaka came to the Buddha and said to
him, "Venerable Sir, I think that you know only the practices that are beneficial and not the
practices that are unbeneficial." To him, the Buddha answered, that he also knew the
practices which were unbeneficial and harmful. Then the Buddha enumerated six practices
which cause dissipation of wealth; they are: (1) sleeping until the sun has risen, (2) habitual
laziness, (3) cruelty, (4) indulgence in intoxicants, which causes carelessness and/or negligence,
(5) wandering alone in the streets at unearthly hours, and (6) sexual adultery, abuse or misconduct.

Further, the Buddha asked the brahmin how he earned his living, and the brahmin replied that
he earned his living by playing dice, i.e., by gambling. Next, the Buddha asked him, whether he
won or lost. When the brahmin answered that he sometimes lost and sometimes won, the
Buddha said to him, "To win in a game of dice is nothing compared to a victory over moral
defilements."

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verses 104 & 105. It is better indeed, to conquer oneself than to conquer others. Neither a
deva, nor a gandhabba, nor Mara together with Brahma can turn into defeat the victory of the
man who controls himself.

Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.


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