I just finished re-listening to DN23 ~ Payasi Sutta! Never get tired listening to it …
What is the Sutta about? Well, it is about how Venerable Kumāra-Kassapa talked sense to Prince Payasi’s wrong views! All the parables used are easily understood and fun to read! (Click at the Sutta above and you can read the whole sutta! ENJOY! )
However, the last part of the sutta is really something that all should be aware of (from Para 32 onwards:):
“…And Prince Pāyāsi, because he had established his charity grudgingly, not with his own hands, and without proper concern, like something casually tossed aside, was reborn after his death, at the breaking-up of the body, in the company of the Four Great Kings, in the empty Serīsaka mansion.
But Uttara, who had given the charity ungrudgingly, with his own hands and with proper concern, not as something tossed aside, was reborn after death, at the breaking-up of the body, in a good place, a heavenly realm, in the company of the Thirty-Three Gods….”
This sutta explains why and how one should not hold on to one’s view, especially a wrong one and how charity should be done… not that we expect rewards for our actions but we should always do them wholesomely (or whole heartedly) to make them meaningful…
May you enjoy reading and learn from the sutta as much as I.