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Turūbrahma Sutta

At Sāvatthi. On one occasion the monk Kokālika was grievously ill. Then when the night was far advanced the Brahma Turū approached Kokālika, illuminating the entire Jeta grove. Then he said to Kokālika, “Repose confidence in Sāriputta and Moggallāna, Kokālika, they are well-behaved.

Then Kokālika said to the Brahma Turū, “Who are you?”

Then Turū said, “I am Turū the solitary Brahma.”

Then Kokālika replied, “But didn’t the Blessed One declare you to be a Non-returner, so why have you come here? See how far you have transgressed!”

Then the Brahma Turū says in verse:

“When a person takes birth an axe is in his mouth with which a fool cuts himself by uttering defamatory speech. He who praises the blameworthy, or blames the praiseworthy, casts an unlucky dice. A throw of the dice that causes loss of all one’s wealth, even becoming a slave, is trifling compared to the loss of harbouring hatred against the fortunate ones. The slanderer of Noble Ones is condemned to hell for many aeons.” S.i.149.

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