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Aṅguttara Nikāya
8.40 Apāyasaṁvattanika Sutta
The Cause for a Birth in Hell

The Buddha told us very specifically about the results we can expect from bad action.

In Savatti …

“Monks, killing living beings, doing it repeatedly and frequently, will cause rebirth in hell. It will cause rebirth in the animal world and ghost world. If a person is to face the least result of killing beings, according to that, he will be reborn in the human world with a short lifespan.

“Monks, stealing, doing it repeatedly and frequently, will cause rebirth in hell. It will cause rebirth in the animal world and ghost world. If a person is to face the least result of stealing, according to that, he will be reborn in the human world and his wealth will be ruined or lost.

“Monks, engaging in sexual misconduct, doing it repeatedly and frequently, will cause rebirth in hell. It will cause rebirth in the animal world and ghost world. If a person is to face the least result of sexual misconduct, according to that, he will be reborn in the human world, having enemies with ill will.

“Monks, lying, doing it repeatedly and frequently, will cause rebirth in hell. It will cause rebirth in the animal world and ghost world. If a person is to face the least result of lying, according to that, he will be reborn in the human world and be humiliated and insulted for no reason.

“Monks, using divisive speech, doing it repeatedly and frequently, will cause rebirth in hell. It will cause rebirth in the animal world and ghost world. If a person is to face the least result of divisive speech, according to that, he will be reborn in the human world and his good friends will separate from him.

“Monks, using harsh speech, doing it repeatedly and frequently, will cause rebirth in hell. It will cause rebirth in the animal world and ghost world. If a person is to face the least result of harsh speech, according to that, he will be reborn in the human world, having to hear things which displease him.

“Monks, speaking worthless words, doing it repeatedly and frequently, will cause rebirth in hell, it will cause rebirth in the animal world and ghost world. If a person is to face the least result of using fruitless words, according to that, he will be reborn in the human world with no one believing what he says.

“Monks, taking intoxicating drinks and drugs, doing it repeatedly and frequently, will cause rebirth in hell, it will cause rebirth in the animal world and ghost world. If a person is to face the least result of taking intoxicating drinks and drugs, according to that, he will be reborn in the human world and be mentally ill.”

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Aṅguttara Nikāya 8.40 Apāyasaṁvattanika Sutta: The Cause for a Birth in Hell

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