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AN V 37 Giving Food

Bhojana Sutta

 

“A donor who gives food 

gives five things to the one who receive.

 

What Five?

 

(1) One gives longevity, 

(2) One gives beauty, 

(3) One gives happiness, 

(4) One gives strength, 

(5) And one gives intelligence. 

 

 

(1) Giving longevity,  

One partakes of longevity, 

Whether heavenly or human;

 

(2) Giving beauty, 

One partakes of this beauty, 

Whether heavenly or human;

 

(3) Giving happiness, 

One partakes of this happiness, 

Whether heavenly or human;

 

(4) Giving strength, 

One partakes of this strength, 

Whether heavenly or human;

 

(5) Giving intelligence, 

One partakes of this intelligence, 

Whether heavenly or human;

 

 

“A donor who gives food, bhikkhus,

gives these five things to the one who receives.

 

The wise enjoys longevity, strength,

Beauty and intelligence;

The sage, giver of happiness,

Also acquires happiness.

 

Givers of longevity, strength and beauty

Happiness and intelligence;

Long lived and praised they are,

Wherever they are reborn.”

 
 

 

This is a gift of Dhamma

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