Monks, deities, and brahmas recite verses at the final extinguishing of the Buddha.
Even Sakka, lord of the gods, experiencing the happy results of his own merit, exercising supreme power and rulership over the Tāvatiṁsa gods praises courage and effort.
Then monks, how much more would it be fitting here for you, who have become monks in such a well taught Dhamma and discipline, to arouse energy, struggle, and strive for the attainment of unattained Arahantship.
Monks, Sakka, lord of the gods, is not free from lust, is not free from hatred, and is not free from delusion. He is subject to fear, terror, and fright, and is quick to flee.
Even though the strength of a fool is called power, in reality there is no power there. No one can challenge the patience of the one who is guarded by Dhamma.
There is great benefit in cultivating good qualities within oneself. There is nothing better than patience.
A man should strive hard until his well-being has been achieved. One shines due to the achievement of his well-being.
Then Sakka, lord of the gods, and Vepacitti, lord of the titans, approached those good and virtuous seers.
Monks, in the past, when Sakka, lord of the gods, was a human, he practised these noble seven promises.
When a person supports his parents, respects the family elders, speaks gentle and pleasing words, doesn’t speak divisive words, removes greediness, speaks truthfully, and controls anger, the Tāvatiṁsa gods call him a truly superior person.
Mahāli, I know god Sakka, and I know qualities that make someone the god Sakka, and I also know by practicing which noble promises one achieves the status of god Sakka.
Monks, a long time ago, in this same province, there was a very poor and helpless beggar. He practiced faith, virtue, Dhamma learning, generosity, and wisdom in the path proclaimed by the Buddha.
There are well constructed shrines, woodland shrines, parks, and lotus ponds. These are not worth one sixteenth of a delightful human being.
For those people who make sacrificial offerings, searching for merit, to whom should they give to gain great results?
Then Sakka, lord of the gods, and Brahma Sahampati went to the Supreme Buddha and stood at opposite doorposts.
I worship monks who are virtuous, long trained in the stillness of mind, and who live with the celibate life as their intention.
Oh Mātali, the perfectly enlightened Buddha lives in this world with its gods, the Great Teacher of perfect name: he is the one I worship.
While gods fight with titans, and people fight with one another, among those who fight, these seers do not fight. Among the violent, they are quenched.
Oh God Sakka, having burned anger one sleeps peacefully. Having burned anger one does not sorrow.
I am not one who hurts his own mind, nor is easily taken by anger. I have not gotten angry for a long time. Therefore anger does not stay in me.
At Sāvatthi. There, the Blessed One said this: “Monks, once in the past Vepacitti, lord of the titans, was sick, afflicted, and seriously ill. Then Sakka, lord of the gods, went to Vepacitti to inquire about his illness. Vepacitti saw Sakka, lord of the gods, coming in the distance and said to Sakka, lord of […]
There are two kinds of wise people: one who sees an offence as an offence; and one who, when another is confessing an offence, gives him forgiveness according to the Dhamma.
God Sakka: Kassapa Bhante, do you remember one day while you were on your almsround, you stood silently in front of a certain house? In that house there was a very poor lady of a low caste who used to go to other people’s houses to beg for food. She was very pleased when she […]
The famous god Sakka and the god Vessavana have beautiful daughters named Lata, Sajja, Pavara, Acchimukhi, and Suta. They shine due to their good qualities. One day, these five daughters went to a magnificent river near the Himalayan Mountains to bathe. The water of the river was very cool and full of blue lotuses. These […]
The music teacher Guttila had an arrogant student who challenged him to a competition. Guttila called on the god Sakka for assistance. Teacher Guttila: God Sakka, I was the one who taught my pupil Musila how to play sweet music on the guitar. But now my student has challenged me in a guitar competition. Please, […]
God Sakka: Dear Deva, you are wearing yellow clothes and jewelry. You have put on yellow sandalwood cream and you have decorated yourself with yellow lotuses and yellow scarves. Your mansion is yellow; even your furniture is yellow. Furthermore, your plates and bowls are yellow. There are also yellow umbrellas, vehicles, horses, and fans. Everything […]
A beloved son of a family died but none of the family members cried at his death. The son, reborn as the god Sakka, came to the family disguised as an old man and asked them why they didn’t cry. Father: Just as the serpent sheds its old skin and abandons it, humans also abandon […]