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Saṁyutta Nikāya 3.6 Appakā Sutta
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Being intoxicated by wealth, becoming greedy and harming others only leads to pain.

At the city of Sāvatthī…

Seated to one side, King Pasenadi said to the Buddha, “Just now, Bhante, while I was alone in my room, this thought came to mind, ‘In this world, there are very few people who do not become intoxicated with wealth, do not become greedy and do not harm others when they obtain wealth and fame. However, in this world, there are so many people who become intoxicated with wealth, become greedy and harm others when they obtain wealth and fame.’”

“That’s so true, great king! That’s so true! In this world, there are very few people who do not become intoxicated with wealth, do not become greedy and do not harm others when they obtain wealth and fame. However, great king, in this world, there are so many people who become intoxicated with wealth, become greedy and harm others when they obtain wealth and fame.’”

The Buddha:

“Some people’s minds are full of desires for possessions and pleasures,
they are very greedy and infatuated by sense pleasures;
they don’t notice that they’ve gone too far,
like deer falling into a trap.
It’ll be bitter later on;
because the result will be painful for them.”

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