Dhammapada - (Dhp 8) - Sahassavagga : Thousands
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(Dhp 7). Sahassavagga : Thousands
translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 1997–2009
Betterthan if there were thousandsof meaningless words isonemeaningfulwordthat on hearingbrings peace.Betterthan if there were thousandsof meaningless verses isonemeaningfulversethat on hearingbrings peace.And better than chanting hundredsof meaningless verses isoneDhamma-sayingthat on hearingbrings peace.
Greater in battlethan the man who would conquera thousand-thousand men,is he who would conquerjust one —himself.Better to conquer yourselfthan others.When you’ve trained yourself,living in constant self-control,neither a deva nor gandhabba,nor a Mara banded with Brahmas,could turn that triumphback into defeat.
You could, month by month,at a cost of thousands,conduct sacrificesa hundred times,orpay a single moment’s homageto one person,self-cultivated.Better than a hundred years of sacrificeswould that act of homage be.You could, for a hundred years,live in a foresttending a fire,orpay a single moment’s homageto one person,self-cultivated.Better than a hundred years of sacrificeswould that act of homage be.Everything offeredor sacrificed in the worldfor an entire year by one seeking meritdoesn’t come to a fourth.Better to pay respectto those who’ve gonethe straight way.
If you’re respectful by habit,constantly honoring the worthy,four things increase:long life, beauty,happiness, strength.
Better than a hundred yearslived without virtue, uncentered, isone daylived by a virtuous personabsorbed in jhana.And better than a hundred yearslived undiscerning, uncentered, isone daylived by a discerning personabsorbed in jhana.And better than a hundred yearslived apathetic & unenergetic, isone daylived energetic & firm.And better than a hundred yearslived without seeingarising & passing away, isone daylived seeingarising & passing away.And better than a hundred yearslived without seeingthe Deathless state, isone daylived seeingthe Deathless state.And better than a hundred yearslived without seeingthe ultimate Dhamma, isone daylived seeingthe ultimate Dhamma.
Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Transcribed from a file provided by the translator.
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