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Itivuttaka 41 Paññāparihāni Sutta
Decline of Wisdom

Beings who develop noble wisdom grows in worldly and spiritual prosperity.

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

“Monks, those beings who lack noble wisdom are completely failing from worldly and spiritual prosperity. They have to suffer in this life—troubled, distressed, and despaired—and rebirth in the plane of misery is to be expected, at the breakup of the body, after death.

Monks, those beings who develop noble wisdom, are growing in worldly and spiritual prosperity. They live happily in this present life—untroubled, unstressed, and undespaired—and rebirth in the plane of bliss is to be expected, at the breakup of the body, after death.”

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

Look at this world with its gods; lacking in wisdom and enveloped in mentality and materiality, beings have clung to their wrong views, thinking, ‘This is the only truth.’

The wisdom which leads to the penetration of the ending of birth and existence is the best thing in the world.

Gods and humans hold dear the Supreme Buddhas who are ever mindful, possessed of joyous wisdom, and bear their final bodies.

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

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Itivuttaka 41 Paññāparihāni Sutta: Decline of Wisdom

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