Posted by: Upāsaka | 01/15/2015

The Causes of Good and Evil

14. Mahali said to the Lord : “Sir, what is reason, what is the cause of doing, of committing an evil deed?
“Greed, hatred, delusion, not paying proper attention and wrongly directed thoughts-these are the reasons, these are the causes of doing, of committing an evil deed.”

“Then what, Sir, is the reason, what is the cause of doing, of committing a beautiful deed?”
“Generosity, love, wisdom, paying attention and rightly directed thought-these are the reasons, these are the causes of doing, committing a beautiful deed.”

Anguttara Nikaya V.87


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