Three Kinds of Child, teachings by the Buddha

Three Kinds of Child

Putta Sutta, Itivuttaka 74

Three kinds of child are found in the world.

1. Atijāto is the superior kind.

2. Anujāto is the similar kind.

3. Avajātoti is the inferior kind.

1. Who is Atijāto or the superior kind?

“Now what, bhikkhus, is the superior kind of child? In this instance a child has a mother and father who have not gone for refuge to the Buddha, to the Dhamma, and to the Sangha; who do not abstain from taking life, from taking what has not been given, from wrong conduct in sensual desires, from false speech, and from intoxicating drink leading to negligence ; who are unvirtuous and of bad conduct.

But the child is one who has gone for refuge to the Buddha, to the Dhamma, and to the Sangha; who abstains from taking life, from taking what has not been given, from wrong conduct in sensual desires, from false speech, and from intoxicating drink leading to negligence; who is virtuous and of good conduct. This, bhikkhus, is the superior kind of child.”

2. Who is Anujāto or the similar kind?

“Now what, bhikkhus, is the similar kind of child? In this instance a son has a mother and father who have gone for refuge to the Buddha, to the Dhamma, and to the Sangha; who abstain from taking life, from taking what has not been given, from wrong conduct in sensual desires, from false speech, and from intoxicating drink leading to negligence; who are virtuous and of good conduct.

And the child also is one who has gone for refuge to the Buddha, to the Dhamma, and to the Sangha; who abstains from taking life, from taking what has not been given, from wrong conduct in sensual desires, from false speech, and from intoxicating drink leading to negligence; who is virtuous and of good conduct. This, bhikkhus, is the similar kind of child.”

3. Who is Avajātoti or the inferior kind?

“Now what, bhikkhus, is the inferior kind of child? In this instance a son has a mother and father who have gone for refuge to the Buddha, to the Dhamma, and to the Sangha; who abstain from taking life, from taking what has not been given, from wrong conduct in sensual desires, from false speech, and from intoxicating drink leading to negligence; who are virtuous and of good conduct.

But the son is one who has not gone for refuge to the Buddha, to the Dhamma, and to the Sangha; who abstains from taking life, from taking what has not been given, from wrong conduct in sensual desires, from false speech, and from intoxicating drink leading to negligence; who is virtuous and of good conduct. This, bhikkhus, is the similar kind of child.”

“These, bhikkhus, are the three kinds of children found existing in the world.”

The wise wish for a child

Who is superior or similar.

They do not wish for an inferior child,

One who disgraces the family.

But such children in the world

Who are devoted lay followers,

Excelling in faith and virtue,

Liberal, without selfishness,

Shine forth in assemblies

Like the moon freed from clouds.

Five factors to become a desirable person-Buddha’s teachings from Tipitaka reference

Buddha said that if a man has these 5 qualities or factors, then he is a desirable man to women. On the other hand, if a woman has those same 5 factors, then she is a desirable woman to men.

So, if you don’t have any of those factors, then you might be a less desirable person in your circle!

Quality No 1 : Rūpavā ca hoti- He/She is physically healthy and attractive. He/She takes good care of the body and mind.

Quality No 2 : Bhogavā ca hoti- He/She is wealthy and financially well managed. He/She knows how to make money and manage it skillfully without creating any troubles with laws and regulations.

Quality No 3 : Sīlavā ca hoti- He/She is ethical and virtuous. He/She has a good personality with a charismatic character.

Quality No 4 : Dakkho ca hoti analaso- He/She is a persevering and industrious person with survival and technical skills. He/She is not a lazy person.

Quality No 5 : Pajañcassa labhati-He/She is very enthusiastic and concerned person for continuation of his/her future generation. He/She is a community builder and a social worker.

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