At that time Citta the householder was a sick man, suffering from a serious illness. Then a number of devas that dwell in gardens, forests and trees, the devas of healing herbs and of great trees in the forest, gathered together and said to Citta the householder: "Make a resolve, householder: 'In some future time may I be a king, a world-ruler!'"
To this Citta replied... "That is something impermanent, something to be rejected and passed over."
Now Citta's friends, colleagues and blood-relations heard him say this, and they said to him: "Sir! Set up mindfulness, don't ramble!"
"What have I said that makes you tell me to set up mindfulness and not to ramble?"
"Why, sir, you just said: 'That is something impermanent, something to be rejected and passed over.'"
"Yes, but I said that to the devas who dwell in gardens... who bade me make a resolve that in some future time I might be a king, a world-ruler."
"Sir, what purpose did those devas have in mind in urging you to make such a resolve?"
"This is what those devas thought: 'This householder Citta is a virtuous man, of noble disposition. If he makes a resolve that in some future time he may be a king, a world-ruler, this will be profitable to that virtuous man, having made such a resolve with a pure heart, and will bring the just man a just and great reward...' So then I said, 'That is something impermanent, something to be rejected and passed over.'"
[Citta then instructs them to have perfect faith in the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha, and passes away.]