Then the Exalted One, having robed himself in the forenoon took bowl and robe, and entered Rajagaha for alms. Now he saw young Sigala worshipping thus and spoke to him as follows: "Wherefore do you, young householder, rising early in the morning, departing from Rajagaha, with wet clothes and wet hair, worship, with joined hands these various quarters — the East, the South, the West, the North, the Nadir, and the Zenith? It is well, Lord, if the Exalted One would teach the doctrine to me showing how the six quarters should be worshipped in the discipline of the noble. And the Exalted One spoke as follows: "Inasmuch, young householder, as the noble disciple 1 has eradicated the four vices in conduct,  2 inasmuch as he commits no evil action in four ways, 3 inasmuch as he pursues not the six channels for dissipating wealth, he thus, avoiding these fourteen evil things, covers the six quarters, and enters the path leading to victory in both worlds: he is favored in this world and in the world beyond. Upon the dissolution of the body, after death, he is born in a happy heavenly realm.
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At that time a young householder named Sigalaka arose early and set out from Rajagaha with freshly washed clothes and hair. Meanwhile the Buddha dressed himself in the early morning, took his bowl and robe and went in to Rajagaha on alms round.
On the way, he saw Sigalaka worshipping the six directions. Seeing this, the Buddha said to him: "Young man, why have you risen in the early morning and set out from Rajagaha to worship in such a way? I would appreciate it if you would teach me the proper way this should be done. The Buddha said this: 3. So, these fourteen harmful things are removed. The noble disciple, now with the six directions protected, has entered upon a path for conquering both worlds, firmly grounded in this world and the next.
At the dissolution of the body after death, a good rebirth occurs in a heavenly world. The harming of living beings is an impure action, taking what is not given is an impure action, sexual misconduct is an impure action, and false speech is an impure action. Summing up in verse, the sublime teacher said: "Harming living beings, taking what is not given, False speech, and pursuing the loved one of another: These the wise surely do not praise.
Going astray through desire, hatred, delusion, or fear, the noble disciple does harmful deeds. But, young man, not going astray through desire, hatred, delusion, or fear, the noble disciple does not perform harmful deeds. Summing up in verse, the sublime teacher said: "Desire, hatred, delusion, or fear: Whoever transgresses the Dhamma by these, Has a reputation that comes to ruin, Like the moon in the waning fortnight.
Desire, hatred, delusion, or fear: Whoever transgresses not the Dhamma by these, Has a reputation that comes to fullness, Like the moon in the waxing fortnight. Young man, heedlessness caused by intoxication, roaming the streets at inappropriate times, habitual partying, compulsive gambling, bad companionship, and laziness are the six ways of squandering wealth.
Where are the stories? With an abundance of excuses for not working, new wealth does not accrue and existing wealth goes to waste. Dear friend! But whoever in hardship stands close by, That one truly is a friend. Sleeping late, adultery, Hostility, meaninglessness, Harmful friends, utter stinginess: These six things destroy a person. Bad friends, bad companions, Bad practices — spending time in evil ways, By these, one brings oneself to ruin, In this world and the next.
Seduction, gambling, drinking, singing, dancing, Sleeping by day, wandering all around untimely, Harmful friends, utter stinginess: These things destroy a person. They play with dice; they drink spirits; They consort with lovers dear to others. Associating with low-life and not the esteemed, They come to ruin like the waning moon. Whoever is a drunkard, broke, and destitute, Dragged by thirst from bar to bar, Sinking into debt like a stone in water Into bewilderment quickly plunges.
When sleeping late becomes a habit And night is seen as time to rise, For one perpetually intoxicated, A home life cannot be maintained. Too hot! Too late! Having wasted work time this way, The young miss out on opportunities. For one regarding cold and hot As not more than blades of grass, Doing whatever should be done, Happiness will not be a stranger.
Summing up in verse, the sublime teacher said: "The friend who is all take, The friend of empty words, The friend full of flattery, And the reckless friend; These four are not friends, but enemies; The wise understand this And keep them at a distance As they would a dangerous path.
Summing up in verse, the sublime teacher said: "The friend who is a helper, The friend through thick and thin, The friend who gives good counsel, And the compassionate friend; These four are friends indeed, The wise understand this And attend on them carefully, Like a mother her own child.
The wise endowed with virtue Shine forth like a burning fire, Gathering wealth as bees do honey And heaping it up like an ant hill. Once wealth is accumulated, Family and household life may follow.
By dividing wealth into four parts, True friendships are bound; One part should be enjoyed; Two parts invested in business; And the fourth set aside Against future misfortunes. These six directions should be known: mother and father as the east, teachers as the south, spouse and family as the west, friends and colleagues as the north, workers and servants as the lower direction, and ascetics and Brahmans as the upper direction.
Summing up in verse, the sublime teacher said: "Mother and father as the east, Teachers as the south, Spouse and family as the west, Friends and colleagues as the north, Servants and workers below, Brahmans and ascetics above; These directions a person should honor In order to be truly good. Wise and virtuous, Gentle and eloquent, Humble and accommodating; Such a person attains glory.
Energetic, not lazy, Not shaken in misfortune, Flawless in conduct, and intelligent; Such a person attains glory. A compassionate maker of friends, Approachable, free from stinginess, A leader, a teacher, and diplomat; Such a person attains glory. These kind dispositions hold the world together, Like the linchpin of a moving chariot. And should these kind dispositions not exist, Then the mother would not receive Respect or honor from her child, Neither would a father.
Upon these things The wise reflect; They obtain greatness And are sources of praise. When all was said, the young householder, Sigalaka, exclaimed to the Buddha: "Wonderful, dear sir! It is as though you have set upright what was overturned, or uncovered what was concealed, or shown the path to one gone astray, or brought an oil-lamp into the darkness such that those with eyes could see. So too has the Buddha made clear the Dhamma by various ways.
I go for refuge to the Buddha and to the Dhamma and to the monastic community.
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