Twin Verses

Twin Verses (14)

The first chapter of the Dhammapada contains verse pairs that are, as twins, matched to a teaching theme.  Some prefer to view each of the verses as sides to coins -- each side the antithesis of its twin.  This chapter is a good introduction to the necessary syntopical practice of not examining verses in isolation; to attempt to consume segregated nuggets of Dhamma invites misunderstanding and confusion.

Within this chapter, there are lessons, lessons-within-lessons, and conceptual supersets of lessons that float above the text.  For everyone, young and old, skilled and unskilled, rich and poor, there are messages ripe for consumption, that is, if they are willing and receptive.

Dhp 01:01 - Evil Begets Evil

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 22:53 Written by
Dhp 01:01 - Evil Begets Evil

Mind is the forerunner of (all evil) states.
Mind is chief, mind-made are they.
If one speaks or acts with wicked mind,
because of that, suffering follows one,
even as the wheel follows the hoof of the draught-ox. (1)

Dhp 01:02 - Good Begets Good

Thursday, 12 May 2016 00:00 Written by
Dhp 01:02 - Good Begets Good

Mind is the forerunner of (all good) states.
Mind is chief; mind-made are they.
If one speaks or acts with pure mind,
because of that, happiness follows one,
even as one's shadow that never leaves. (2)

Dhp 01:03 - Retaliation Does Not Lead To Peace

Saturday, 14 May 2016 02:35 Written by
Dhp 01:03 - Retaliation Does Not Lead To Peace

"He abused me, he beat me,
he defeated me, he robbed me",

In those whose harbour such thoughts
hatred is not appeased. (3)

"He abused me, he beat me,
he defeated me, he robbed me",

in those who do not harbour such thoughts
hatred is appeased. (4)

Dhp 01:04 - Anger Is Conquered By Love

Monday, 16 May 2016 02:50 Written by
Dhp 01:04 - Anger Is Conquered By Love

Hatreds never cease
through hatred in this world;

through love alone they cease.
This is an eternal law. (5)

Dhp 01:05 - Quarrels Cease Through Right Thinking

The others know not
that in this quarrel we perish;
those of them who realize it,
have their quarrels calmed thereby. (6)

Dhp 01:06 - The Weak Succumb To Temptation But Not The Strong

Whoever lives contemplating pleasant things,
with senses unrestrained, in food immoderate,
indolent, inactive, him verily Mara overthrows,
as the wind (overthrows) a weak tree. (7)

Whoever lives contemplating "the Impurities",
with senses restrained, in food moderate, full of faith,
full of sustained energy, him Mara over-throws not,
as the wind (does not overthrow) a rocky mountain. (8)

Dhp 01:07 - The Pure Are Worthy Of The Yellow Robe But Not The Impure

He who is stained (with defilements)
without self-control and truthfulness,
is not worthy of wearing the yellow robes. (9)

He who is purged of all stain,
is well-established in morals and
endowed with self-control and truthfulness,
is indeed worthy of the yellow robe. (10)

Dhp 01:08 - Right Perception Leads To Truth

Friday, 27 May 2016 04:43 Written by
Dhp 01:08 - Right Perception Leads To Truth

In the unessential they imagine the essential,
in the essential they see the unessential –
they who entertain (such) wrong thoughts
never realize the essence. (11)

What is essential they regard as essential,
what is unessential they regard as unessential –
they who entertain (such) right thoughts,
realize the essence. (12)

Dhp 01:09 - Lust Pierces The Hearts Of The Undeveloped

Even as rain penetrates an ill-thatched house,
so does lust penetrate an undeveloped mind. (13).
Even as rain does not penetrate a well-thatched house,
so does lust not penetrate a well-developed mind. (14).

Dhp 01:10 - Evil-Doers Suffer Here And Hereafter

Here he grieves, hereafter he grieves.
In both states the evildoer grieves.
He grieves, he afflicted,
perceiving the impurity of his own deeds. (15)

Dhp 01:11 - Happiness Here And Happiness Hereafter

Here he rejoices, hereafter he rejoices.
In both states the welldoer rejoices.
He rejoices, exceedingly rejoices,
perceiving the purity of his own deeds. (16)

Dhp 01:12 - The Evil-Doer Laments Here And Hereafter

Here he suffers, hereafter he suffers.
In both states the evil.:doer suffers.
"Evil have I done' (thinking thus), he suffers.
Furthermore, he suffers, having gone to a woeful state. (17)

Dhp 01:13 - Happy Are The Righteous

Monday, 13 June 2016 14:48 Written by
Dhp 01:13 - Happy Are The Righteous

Here he is happy, hereafter he is happy.
In both states the well-doer is happy.
“Good have I done” (thinking thus), he is happy.
He is happier still when he is reborn in a blissful state. (18)

Dhp 01:14 - Learning Without Practice Is Of No Worth

Though much he recites the Sacred Texts, but
acts not accordingly, that heedless man is like a
cowherd who counts others' kine. He has no share
in the fruits of the Holy Life. (19)

Though little he recites the Sacred Texts, but acts
in accordance with the teaching, forsaking lust,
hatred and ignorance, truly knowing, with mind
well freed, clinging to naught here and here after,
he shares the fruits of the Holy Life. (20)

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