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Vatapada Sutta

Monks, formerly, when Sakka was a human being, he undertook and observed seven vows by reason of which he now enjoys the status of Sakka. What are those seven vows?

  1. As long as I live I will support my mother and father,
  2. As long as I live I will honour the family elders,
  3. As long as I live I will speak gently,
  4. As long as I live I will not speak divisively,
  5. As long as I live I will be without stinginess, delighting in giving and sharing freely,
  6. As long as I live I will speak truthfully,
  7. As long as I live I will be without anger, but if anger arises I will dispel it quickly.

S.i.228.

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