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The wisdom of The Sigalovada Sutta: The Discourse to Sigala The Laypersonís Code of Discipline

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T here are, young householder, these six evil consequences in associating with evil companions, namely: any gambler, any libertine, any drunkard, any swindler, any cheat, any rowdy is his friend and companion.




Buddhism 7776 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 







T hese four, young householder, should be understood as warmhearted friends:
(1) he who is a helpmate,
(2) he who is the same in happiness and sorrow,
(3) he who gives good counsel,
(4) he who sympathises.





Buddhism 7773 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 







T he friends and associates thus ministered to as the North by a clansman show compassion to him in five ways:
(i) they protect him when he is heedless,
(ii) they protect his property when he is heedless,
(iii) they become a refuge when he is in danger,
(iv) they do not forsake him in his troubles,
(v) they show consideration for his family.





Buddhism 7772 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 







I n five ways, young householder, should a clansman minister to his friends and associates as the North:
(i) by liberality,
(ii) by courteous speech,
(iii) by being helpful,
(iv) by being impartial,
(v) by sincerity.





Buddhism 7771 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 







T he ascetics and brahmans thus ministered to as the Zenith by a householder show their compassion towards him in six ways:
(i) they restrain him from evil,
(ii) they persuade him to do good,
(iii) they love him with a kind heart,
(iv) they make him hear what he has not heard,
(v) they clarify what he has already heard,
(vi) they point out the path to a heavenly state.





Buddhism 7766 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 







I n five ways, young householder, should a householder minister to ascetics and brahmans as the Zenith:
(i) by lovable deeds,
(ii) by lovable words,
(iii) by lovable thoughts,
(iv) by keeping open house to them,
(v) by supplying their material needs.





Buddhism 7765 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 







I n five ways, young householder, do teachers thus ministered to as the South by their pupils, show their compassion:
(i) they train them in the best discipline,
(ii) they see that they grasp their lessons well,
(iii) they instruct them in the arts and sciences,
(iv) they introduce them to their friends and associates,
(v) they provide for their safety in every quarter.





Buddhism 7764 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 







I n five ways, young householder, a pupil should minister to a teacher as the South:
(i) by rising from the seat in salutation,
(ii) by attending on him,
(iii) by eagerness to learn,
(iv) by personal service,
(v) by respectful attention while receiving instructions.





Buddhism 7763 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 







T he wife thus ministered to as the West by her husband shows her compassion to her husband in five ways:
(i) she performs her duties well,
(ii) she is hospitable to relations and attendants,
(iii) she is faithful,
(iv) she protects what he brings,
(v) she is skilled and industrious in discharging her duties.





Buddhism 7762 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 







T he servants and employees thus ministered to as the Nadir by their master show their compassion to him in five ways:
(i) they rise before him,
(ii) they go to sleep after him,
(iii) they take only what is given,
(iv) they perform their duties well,
(v) they uphold his good name and fame.





Buddhism 7758 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 







I n five ways should a master minister to his servant sand employees as the Nadir:
(i) by assigning them work according to their ability,
(ii) by supplying them with food and with wages,
(iii) by tending them in sickness,
(iv) by sharing with them any delicacies,
(v) by granting them leave at times.





Buddhism 7757 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 







I n five ways, young householder, should a wife as the West be ministered to by a husband:
(i) by being courteous to her,
(ii) by not despising her,
(iii) by being faithful to her,
(iv) by handing over authority to her,
(v) by providing her with adornments.





Buddhism 7753 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 







I n five ways, young householder, the parents thus ministered to as the East by their children, show their compassion:
(i) they restrain them from evil,
(ii) they encourage them to do good,
(iii) they train them for a profession,
(iv) they arrange a suitable marriage,
(v) at the proper time they hand over their inheritance to them.





Buddhism 7752 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 







I n five ways, young householder, a child should minister to his parents as the East:
(i) Having supported me I shall support them,
(ii) I shall do their duties,
(iii) I shall keep the family tradition,
(iv) I shall make myself worthy of my inheritance,
(v) furthermore I shall offer alms in honor of my departed relatives.





Buddhism 7751 | 
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera © 1996 





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