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Kataññu Suttas

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Title: Kataññu Suttas: Gratitude

Summary: We owe a great debt to our parents. The gratitude we show to them is a measure of our personal integrity.

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AN 2.31-32

PTS: A i 61

II,iv,1-2

Kataññu Suttas: Gratitude

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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<p>“Monks, I will teach you the level of a person of no integrity and the level of a person of integrity. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak.”

“As you say, lord,” the monks responded.

The Blessed One said, “Now what is the level of a person of no integrity? A person of no integrity is ungrateful & unthankful. This ingratitude, this lack of thankfulness, is advocated by rude people. It is entirely on the level of people of no integrity. A person of integrity is grateful & thankful. This gratitude, this thankfulness, is advocated by civil people. It is entirely on the level of people of integrity.”

{II,iv,2} “I tell you, monks, there are two people who are not easy to repay. Which two? Your mother & father. Even if you were to carry your mother on one shoulder & your father on the other shoulder for 100 years, and were to look after them by anointing, massaging, bathing, & rubbing their limbs, and they were to defecate & urinate right there [on your shoulders], you would not in that way pay or repay your parents. If you were to establish your mother & father in absolute sovereignty over this great earth, abounding in the seven treasures, you would not in that way pay or repay your parents. Why is that? Mother & father do much for their children. They care for them, they nourish them, they introduce them to this world. But anyone who rouses his unbelieving mother & father, settles & establishes them in conviction; rouses his unvirtuous mother & father, settles & establishes them in virtue; rouses his stingy mother & father, settles & establishes them in generosity; rouses his foolish mother & father, settles & establishes them in discernment: To this extent one pays & repays one's mother & father.”</p>

<p>See also:

[[en:tipitaka:sut:mn:mn.110.than|MN 110]]; 
[[en:tipitaka:sut:sn:sn07:sn07.014.than|SN 7.14]];
[[en:tipitaka:sut:an:an04:an04.073.than|AN 4.73]]; 
[[en:tipitaka:sut:kn:iti:iti.4.100-112.than#iti-106|Iti 106]].

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