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Verses 131 and 132: The Story of Many Youths

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verses (131) and (132) of this
book, with reference to a number of youths.

Once, the Buddha was out on an alms-round at Savatthi, when he came across a number of
youths beating a snake with sticks. When questioned, the youths answered, that they were
beating the snake, because they were afraid, that the snake might bite them. To them the
Buddha said, "If you do not want to be harmed yourself, you should not harm others:
if you harm others, you will not find happiness in your next existence."

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 131. He who seeks his own happiness by oppressing others, who also desire to have
happiness, will not find happiness in his next existence.

Verse 132. He who seeks his own happiness by not oppressing others, who also desire to have
happiness, will find happiness in his next existence.

At the end of the discourse all the youths attained Sotapatti Fruition.

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


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