AN 7.33 Respect for Modesty

Hirigārava Sutta


“During the night, monks,

Some devatā of exceeding beauty,                                        

At the waning of the night

Illuminating the whole of Jeta’s grove with her radiance

Came to the me, 

Paid loving homage,

And stood to the side. 


Then she said to the Awakened One:


[The Devatā]

“Bhante, there are seven things

That lead a monk to growth.”


What seven?


(1) One has respect for the Teacher,

(2) One has respect for the Dhamma,

(3) One has respect for the Saṅgha,

(4) One has respect for the training,

(5) One has respect for mental composure,

(6) One has respect for modesty,

(7) One has respect for moral conscience. [1] 


Bhante, these are the seven things

That lead a monk to growth


This is what she said.


After declaring this, she paid homage

And disappeared right there.



One who esteems the Teacher and esteems the Dhamma,

Who sincerely esteems the saṅgha too,

Who is awake, and esteems Samādhi,

And who sincerely esteems the Training.


Endowed with modesty and moral conscience,

Respectful and reverential

That person is incapable of falling away,

And is in the presence of Nibbāna.



[1] Satthugāravatā, dhammagāravatā, saṅghagāravatā, sikkhāgāravatā, samādhigāravatā, hirigāravatā, ottappagāravatā.



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