First on thoroughbreds

Ājānīya 1–2 (AN 4.259–260)

Bhikkhus, endowed with four things the king's thoroughbred horse becomes royal property and royal by the sign. What four?

Here, bhikkhus the king's thoroughbred horse is endowed with beauty, power, speed and length and circumference. Bhikkhus, endowed with these four things the king's thoroughbred horse becomes royal property and royal by the sign.

In the same manner bhikkhus the bhikkhu endowed with these four things becomes worthy of offerings, hospitality, gifts and veneration with clasped hands ... re ... ṭhe incomparable field of merit for the world. What four?

Here, bhikkhus, the bhikkhu is endowed with beauty, power, speed and length and circumference.

Bhikkhus, how is the bhikkhu endowed with beauty?

Here, bhikkhus the bhikkhu abides with aroused effort cutting off demerit he abides observing the precepts. Thus the bhikkhu is endowed with beauty.

Bhikkhus, how is the bhikkhu endowed with power?

Here, bhikkhus the bhikkhu abides with aroused effort to dispel thoughts of demerit and for amassing thoughts of merit and becomes firm without giving up the main aim in meritorious things. Thus the bhikkhhu is endowed with power.

Bhikkhus, how is the bhikkhu endowed with speed?

Here, bhikkhus, the bhikkhu knows as it really is, this is unpleasant, ... re ... and this is the path leading to the end of unpleasantness. Thus the bhikkhu is endowed with speed.

Bhikkhus, how is the bhikkhu endowed with length and circumference?

Here, bhikkhus, the bhikkhu is a gainer of robes, morsel food, dwellings and requisites when ill. Thus the bhikkhu is endowed with length and circumference.

The bhikkhu endowed with these four things becomes worthy of offerings, hospitality, gifts and veneration with clasped hands ... re ... ṭhe incomparable field of merit for the world.

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