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35 Pathama Janakuhana Sutta
Deceiving People 1

The holy life is lived for the sake of restraint and eradication of all defilements.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard:

“Monks, this holy life is not lived for the sake of deceiving people, or for the sake of flattering people, or for the sake of profiting in gain, honour, and fame, or with the thought, ‘Thus may people know me.’ This holy life is lived for the sake of restraint and eradication of all defilements”.

This is the meaning of what the Blessed One said. So, with regard to this, it was said:

This holy life, as the path leading to ultimate freedom, was taught by the Blessed One only for the sake of restraint, for the eradication of all defilements, and for avoiding dangers in this life and in future lives.

This noble path was always followed by the Great Sages. Those who follow this path exactly as taught by the Buddha, completely through the Buddha’s message, will put an end to suffering.

This, too, is the meaning of what was said by the Blessed One. This is exactly as I heard.

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Itivuttaka 35 Pathama Janakuhana Sutta: Deceiving People 1

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