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Bīja Suttaṃ

(A.v.212)

The Seed

“Monks, when an individual is of wrong-view, wrong-thought, wrong-speech, wrong-action, wrong-livelihood, wrong-effort, wrong-mindfulness, wrong-concentration, wrong-knowledge, and wrong-release, whatever bodily action he accomplishes and undertakes in accordance with that view, whatever the intention (cetanā), aspiration (patthanā), resolve (paṇidhi), or volition (saṅkhārā), all lead to what is undesirable (aniṭṭhȳa), unenjoyable (akantāya), displeasing (amanāpāya), unbeneficial (ahitāya), and painful (dukkhāya). What is the reason for that? Because, monks, the view is evil.

“It is as if, monks, a seed of neem, luffa vine, or bitter gourd were planted in moist soil, whatever nutrients it would take up from the soil or the water, would lead to its bitter, acrid, and disagreeable taste. What is the reason for that? Because, monks, the seed is evil.

“Likewise, monks, when an individual is of wrong-view, wrong-thought, wrong-speech, wrong-action, wrong-livelihood, wrong-effort, wrong-mindfulness, wrong-concentration, wrong-knowledge, and wrong-release, whatever bodily action he accomplishes and undertakes in accordance with that view, whatever the intention, aspiration, resolve, or volition, all lead to what is undesirable, unenjoyable. displeasing, unbeneficial, and painful. What is the reason for that? Because, monks, the view is evil.

“Monks, when an individual is of right-view, right-thought, right-speech, right-action, right-livelihood, right-effort, right-mindfulness, right-concentration, right-knowledge, and right-release, whatever bodily action he accomplishes and undertakes in accordance with that view, whatever the intention, aspiration, resolve, or volition, all lead to what is desirable (iṭṭhȳa), enjoyable (kantāya), pleasing (manāpāya), beneficial (hitāya), and blissful (sukhāya). What is the reason for that? Because, monks, the view is good.

“It is as if, monks, a seed of sugar-cane, rice, or grapes were planted in moist soil, whatever nutrients it would take up from the soil or the water, would lead to its agreeable, sweet, and delicious taste. What is the reason for that? Because, monks, the seed is good.

“Likewise, monks, when an individual is of right-view, right-thought, right-speech, right-action, right-livelihood, right-effort, right-mindfulness, right-concentration, right-knowledge, and right-release, whatever bodily action he accomplishes and undertakes in accordance with that view, whatever the intention, aspiration, resolve, or volition, all lead to what is desirable, enjoyable, pleasing, beneficial, and blissful, What is the reason for that? Because, monks, the view is good.