Peta Vatthu

Peta VatthuPv 4.8 Gūthakhādaka Sutta
Excrement Eating Male Ghost

What happens when you associate with evil monks?

Moggallana Bhante:

Oh unlucky one, you are standing in a pit of excrement. Who are you? What kind of evil deed did you do? How can I know for sure what happened to you?


Bhante, I am a ghost. As a result of my evil deeds I have been born in this ghost world. I am suffering very much

Moggallana Bhante:

What kind of evil deed did you do by body, speech, or mind to suffer like this?


When I was in the human world, I let a monk stay in my house. The monk was very greedy and jealous of his supporters. He insulted good monks.

I listened to that evil monk’s words. Following him, I too insulted good monks. That is the evil deed I did from which I was reborn in the ghost world.

Moggallana Bhante:

You associated with that evil monk thinking that he was a good friend. What happened to the monk after death?


Bhante, that evil monk has also been born in the ghost world. He is suffering in the same pit of excrement where I suffer. I am standing on his head. He lives as a servant to me here.

Bhante, I have to eat other people’s excrement, while he has to eat mine.

Three Bar Menu Button

Peta Vatthu 4.8 Gūthakhādaka Sutta: Excrement Eating Male Ghost

Explore other suttas with these topics:

Have a question?

Do you have a question about what you have read?