7: The Book of the Sevens
VI. The Undeclared Points — AN 7.62: Don’t Fear Good Deeds
- © Translated from the Pali by Bhante Sujato. (More copyright information)
1“Mendicants, don’t fear good deeds. For ‘good deeds’ is a term for happiness.
I recall undergoing for a long time the likable, desirable, and agreeable results of good deeds performed over a long time. I developed a mind of love for seven years. As a result, for seven eons of the cosmos contracting and expanding I didn’t return to this world again. As the cosmos contracted I went to the realm of streaming radiance. As it expanded I was reborn in an empty mansion of Brahmā.
2There I was Brahmā, the Great Brahmā, the undefeated, the champion, the universal seer, the wielder of power. I was Sakka, lord of gods, thirty-six times. Many hundreds of times I was a king, a wheel-turning monarch, a just and principled king. My dominion extended to all four sides, I achieved stability in the country, and I possessed the seven treasures. These were my seven treasures: the wheel, the elephant, the horse, the jewel, the woman, the treasurer, and the counselor as the seventh treasure. I had over a thousand sons who were valiant and heroic, crushing the armies of my enemies. After conquering this land girt by sea, I reigned by principle, without rod or sword.
3See the result of good deeds,
of skillful deeds, for one seeking happiness.
I developed a mind of love
for seven years, mendicants.
For seven eons of expansion and contraction
I didn’t return to this world again.
4As the world contracted
I went to the realm of streaming radiance.
And when it expanded
I went to an empty mansion of Brahmā.
5Seven times I was a Great Brahmā,
and at that time I was the wielder of power.
Thirty-six times I was lord of gods,
acting as ruler of the gods.
6Then I was king, a wheel-turning monarch,
ruler of all India.
An anointed aristocrat,
I was sovereign of all humans.
7Without rod or sword,
I conquered this land.
Through non-violent action
I guided it justly.
8After ruling this territory
by means of principle,
I was born in a rich family,
affluent and wealthy.
9It was replete with all sense pleasures,
and the seven treasures.
This was well taught by the Buddhas,
who bring the world together.
10This is the cause of greatness
by which one is called a lord of the land.
I was a majestic king,
with lots of property and assets.
11Successful and glorious,
I was lord of India.
Who would not be inspired by this,
even someone of dark birth.
12Therefore someone who loves themselves,
aspiring to transcendence,
should respect the true teaching,
remembering the instructions of the Buddhas.”
1"Mā, bhikkhave, puññānaṁ bhāyittha. Sukhassetaṁ, bhikkhave, adhivacanaṁ yadidaṁ puññāni.
Abhijānāmi kho panāhaṁ, bhikkhave, dīgharattaṁ katānaṁ puññānaṁ dīgharattaṁ iṭṭhaṁ kantaṁ manāpaṁ vipākaṁ paccanubhūtaṁ. Satta vassāni mettacittaṁ bhāvesiṁ. Satta vassāni mettacittaṁ bhāvetvā satta saṁvaṭṭavivaṭṭakappe nayimaṁ lokaṁ punāgamāsiṁ. Saṁvaṭṭamāne sudāhaṁ, bhikkhave, loke ābhassarūpago homi, vivaṭṭamāne loke suññaṁ brahmavimānaṁ upapajjāmi.
2Tatra sudaṁ, bhikkhave, brahmā homi mahābrahmā abhibhū anabhibhūto aññadatthudaso vasavattī. Chattiṁsakkhattuṁ kho panāhaṁ, bhikkhave, sakko ahosiṁ devānamindo; anekasatakkhattuṁ rājā ahosiṁ cakkavattī dhammiko dhammarājā cāturanto vijitāvī janapadatthāvariyappatto sattaratanasamannāgato. Tassa mayhaṁ, bhikkhave, imāni satta ratanāni ahesuṁ, seyyathidaṁ – cakkaratanaṁ, hatthiratanaṁ, assaratanaṁ, maṇiratanaṁ, itthiratanaṁ, gahapatiratanaṁ, pariṇāyakaratanameva sattamaṁ. Parosahassaṁ kho pana me, bhikkhave, puttā ahesuṁ sūrā vīrangarūpā parasenappamaddanā. So imaṁ pathaviṁ sāgarapariyantaṁ adaṇḍena asatthena dhammena abhivijiya ajjhāvasinti.
3Passa puññānaṁ vipākaṁ,
Mettaṁ cittaṁ vibhāvetvā,
Satta vassāni bhikkhavo;
Nayimaṁ lokaṁ punāgamiṁ.
vasavattī tadā ahuṁ;
6Cakkavattī ahuṁ rājā,
vijeyya pathaviṁ imaṁ;
samena manusāsi taṁ.
8Dhammena rajjaṁ kāretvā,
aḍḍhe ajāyihaṁ kule.
ratanehi ca sattahi;
Buddhā sangāhakā loke,
tehi etaṁ sudesitaṁ.
10Eso hetu mahantassa,
pathabyo me na vipajjati;
rājā hoti patāpavā.
11Iddhimā yasavā hoti,
Ko sutvā nappasīdeyya,
12Tasmā hi attakāmena,