At one time, the Blessed One was staying at the province of Rājagaha, on Mount Vulture Peak. Then Sakka, lord of the gods, went to the Blessed One, paid homage to the Buddha and stood to one side. Standing to one side Sakka, lord of the gods, asked the Blessed One a question in verse:
“For those people who make sacrificial offerings, searching for merit, to whom should they give to gain great results?”
The Blessed One:
“The community of monks consists of four types of disciples practising the path and four others who attained the fruit. These wise and virtuous disciples follow the straightway.
“For those people who make sacrificial offerings, searching for merit, the gift given to the community of monks generates great results.”