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SN 29.7 Sutasutta: They’ve Heard

[NOTE: Here the word “dragon” is a translation of the Pāli word nāga. In SN 30.3 we learn that like nāgas, supaṇṇas are born because of good and bad deeds. However in SN 31.3 we learn that gandhabbas are the results of only good deeds.]

At Sāvatthī.

Seated to one side, that mendicant said to the Buddha:

“Sir, what is the cause, what is the reason why someone, when their body breaks up, after death, is reborn in the company of the egg-born dragons?”

“Mendicant, it’s when someone does both kinds of deeds by body, speech, and mind. And they’ve heard: ‘The egg-born dragons are long-lived, beautiful, and very happy.’ They think: ‘If only, when my body breaks up, after death, I would be reborn in the company of the egg-born dragons!’ When their body breaks up, after death, they’re reborn in the company of the egg-born dragons. This is the cause, this is the reason why someone, when their body breaks up, after death, is reborn in the company of the egg-born dragons.”


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