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Vimāna Vatthu 6.3 Phaladāyikā Sutta
Fruit Giver’s Mansion

What happens when one offers fruits to noble monks?

Moggallana Bhante:

This mansion is very high, spreading for one hundred and sixty kilometers, with pillars of beryl and other gemstones. Seven hundred small houses with triangular-shaped roofs are within the complex. This mansion is extremely beautiful.

Dear Deva, inside the mansion, you are drinking and eating. The sweet music of divine guitars plays throughout the complex. Well-trained goddesses delight in dancing and singing.

Powerful Deva, you have become a leader among devas. The pure radiance of your body and limbs is stainless and shines in all directions.

Tell me, what kind of meritorious action did you do when you were in the human world to have gained this beauty that shines in all directions, and to have earned all these wonderful things?

That deva, delighted at being questioned by Arahant Moggallana, gladly explained what he had done that resulted in such great happiness.

Deva:

Great Bhante, if someone offers fruit to the community of noble monks who have pure hearts and calm minds, he will receive a great result. He will enjoy birth in the Tavatimsa Heaven experiencing that great result. Bhante, I too offered four pieces of fruits to the Noble Sangha.

Therefore, the one who wishes happiness in the human world and the heavenly world should offer fruit frequently to the Noble Sangha.

Because of this meritorious deed, I have been born as a very beautiful deva and enjoy all the wonderful things that delight my heart.

Great Bhante, that is the meritorious action I did to have such a beautiful body that shines in all directions.

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Vimāna Vatthu 6.3 Phaladāyikā Sutta: Fruit Giver’s Mansion

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