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Nāvā Sutta

1. Nāvā Sutta.– The eighth sutta of the Cūḷa Vagga of the Suttanipāta. Also called the Dhamma Sutta. It was taught in reference to Sāriputta’s habit, when he was on tour, of worshipping the direction in which his teacher, Assaji, lived. Others noticed this and said it was a relic of his old brahmanic habit of worshipping the different quarters. However, the Buddha said there was no need of Sāriputta to do that, for even the devas themselves worshipped him. In the sutta the wise man is compared to a ship (nāvā) which takes many others across. SN.vs. 316‑23; SNA.i.325 ff.

2. Nāvā Sutta.– See the Vāsijaṭa Sutta.

3. Nāvā Sutta.– If a sea-going vessel is left stranded on the bank, it is dried up by the wind and sun in the dry season and rotted by water in the rains — so are the fetters in the case of a monk who cultivates the Noble Eightfold Path. S.v.51.

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