Wednesday, 20 April 2016 22:53

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)

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Thursday, 12 May 2016 00:00

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)

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"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)

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Hatreds never cease
through hatred in this world;

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

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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).

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

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