IV. Āyuṁ vaṇṇaṁ yasaṁ kittiṁ


Āyuṁ vaṇṇaṁ yasaṁ kittiṁ

Saggaṁ uccākulīnataṁ

Ratiyo patthayānena

Uḷārā aparāparā

Appamādaṁ pasaṁsanti

Puñña-kiriyāsu paṇḍitā

Appamatto ubho atthe

Adhiggaṇti paṇḍito

Diṭṭhe dhamme ca yo attho

Yo c’attho samparāyiko

Atthābhisamayā dhīro

Paṇḍito’ti pavuccatīti.

Long life, beauty, status, honor,

heaven, high birth:

To those who delight in aspiring for these things

in great measure, continuously,

the wise praise heedfulness

in the making of merit.

The wise person, heedful,

acquires a two-fold welfare:

welfare in this life & welfare in the next.

By breaking through to his welfare

he is called “enlightened, wise.”

Note: These verses are from the Iṭṭha Sutta (Discourse on What is Welcome), Aṅguttara Nikāya 5:43. They are rarely chanted, and are included here for the sake of completeness.