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Cakkavatti Sutta

1. v.l. Cakkavattisihanāda Sutta.– Taught to the monks at Mātulā. It is a discourse on the necessity of practising in accordance with the Dhamma, with the Dhamma as one s refuge.

The Sutta contains the story of the Cakkavatti Daḷhanemi and his eldest son, and the manner in which a Cakkavatti administers the law, ruling by righteousness, over a people made virtuous by his instruction. However, later, there is a gradual corruption of morals, followed by the decay and destruction of human life with all its attendant comforts. This is followed by a gradual restoration of virtuousness, accompanied by the return of prosperity and longevity.

The Sutta also records the prophecy of the coming of Metteyya Buddha (D.iii.58 ff). It is said (DA.iii.858) that at the end of this discourse twenty thousand monks became Arahants and eighty-four thousand others realised the Truth.

2. Cakkavatti Sutta.– With the appearance of a Cakkavatti there appear seven treasures in the world; similarly, with the appearance of a Tathāgata there appear the seven treasures of wisdom — mindfulness, investigating the Dhamma, energy, joy, tranquillity, concentration, and equanimity. S.v.99.

It was also evidently called the Ratana Sutta. See DA.i.250.


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