On one occasion the Exalted One was dwelling at Anathapindika's monastery, in Jeta's Grove, near Savatthi. Now when the night was far spent, a certain deity whose surpassing splendour illuminated the entire Jeta Grove, came to the presence of the Exalted One and, drawing near, respectfully saluted him and stood at one side. Standing thus, he addressed the Exalted One in verse:"Many deities and men, yearning after good, have pondered on blessings. Pray, tell me the greatest blessing!"
Text of What Is The Highest Blessing 吉祥经
1. What is the Highest blessing ?
2. The Discourse On Blessings Song: Home Sweet Home 3. 1 Not to associate with fools, But to associate with the wise , And to honour those worthy of respect. . 4. 2 To live in a suitable place, To have done good deeds in the past, To set oneself in the right course. . 5. 3 To have much learning, To be skillful in handicraft, Well-trained in discipline, And to be of good speech. . 6. 4 To support mother and father, To cherish wife and children , And to be engaged in peaceful occupation. . 7. 5 To be generous in giving, To be righteous in conduct, To help one's relatives, And to be blameless in actions. . 8. 7 To loathe and abstain from evil, To refrain from intoxicants, And to be steadfast in virtues. . 9. 8 To be respectful, humble, Contented and grateful; And to listen to the Dhamma On due occasions. . 10. 9 To be patient and obedient, To associate with holy men, And to have religious discussions on due occasions . . 11. 10 To have self-control, And live a holy life , To understand the Noble Truths And the realisation of Nibbana . . 12. 11 Facing worldly conditions, Ones mind remains unshaken, Sorrowless, stainless and secure. . 13. 12 Those who perform such auspicious deeds Are undefeated by all enemies And gain happiness everywhere, These are the most highest blessings. .