Dhammapada - (Dhp 9) - Papavagga : Evil
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(Dhp 9) - Papavagga : Evil
translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 1997–2009
Be quick in doingwhat’s admirable.Restrain your mindfrom what’s evil.When you’re slowin making merit,evil delights the mind.
If a person does evil,he shouldn’t do it again & again,shouldn’t develop a penchant for it.To accumulate evilbrings pain.If a person makes merit,he should do it again & again,should develop a penchant for it.To accumulate meritbrings ease.
Even the evilmeet with good fortuneas long as their evilhas yet to mature.But when it’s maturedthat’s when they meetwith evil.Even the goodmeet with bad fortuneas long as their goodhas yet to mature.But when it’s maturedthat’s when they meetwith good fortune.
Don’t underestimate evil(’It won’t amount to much’).A water jar fills,even with waterfalling in drops.With evil — even ifbitbybit,habitually —the fool fills himself full.Don’t underestimate merit(’It won’t amount to much’).A water jar fills,even with waterfalling in drops.With merit — even ifbit by bit,habitually —the enlightened one fills himself full.
Like a merchant with a smallbut well-laden caravan— a dangerous road,like a person who loves life— a poison,one should avoid— evil deeds.
If there’s no wound on the hand,that hand can hold poison.Poison won’t penetratewhere there’s no wound.There’s no evilfor those who don’t do it.
Whoever harassesan innocent man,a man pure, without blemish:the evil comes right back to the foollike fine dustthrown against the wind.
Some are born in the human womb,evildoers in hell,those on the good course goto heaven,while those without effluent:totally unbound.
Not up in the air,nor in the middle of the sea,nor going into a cleft in the mountains— nowhere on earth —is a spot to be foundwhere you could stay & escapeyour evil deed.Not up in the air,nor in the middle of the sea,nor going into a cleft in the mountains— nowhere on earth —is a spot to be foundwhere you could stay & not succumbto death.
Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Transcribed from a file provided by the translator.
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