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Dhammapada - (Dhp 11). Jaravagga : Aging

Saturday 6 March 2010, by Buddhachannel Eng.

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DHAMMAPADA

(Dhp 11). Jaravagga: Aging

translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 1997–2009

146

What laughter, why joy,
when constantly aflame?
Enveloped in darkness,
don’t you look for a lamp?

147

Look at the beautified image,
a heap of festering wounds, shored up:
ill, but the object
of many resolves,
where there is nothing
lasting or sure.

148

Worn out is this body,
a nest of diseases, dissolving.
This putrid conglomeration
is bound to break up,
for life is hemmed in with death.

149

On seeing these bones
discarded
like gourds in the fall,
pigeon-gray:
what delight?

150

A city made of bones,
plastered over with flesh & blood,
whose hidden treasures are:
pride & contempt,
aging & death.

151

Even royal chariots
well-embellished
get run down,
and so does the body
succumb to old age.
But the Dhamma of the good
doesn’t succumb to old age:
the good let the civilized know.

152

This unlistening man
matures like an ox.
His muscles develop,
his discernment not.

153-154

Through the round of many births I roamed
without reward,
without rest,
seeking the house-builder.
Painful is birth
again & again.
 
House-builder, you’re seen!
You will not build a house again.
All your rafters broken,
the ridge pole dismantled,
immersed in dismantling, the mind
has attained to the end of craving.

155-156

Neither living the chaste life
nor gaining wealth in their youth,
they waste away like old herons
in a dried-up lake
depleted of fish.
 
Neither living the chaste life
nor gaining wealth in their youth,
they lie around,
misfired from the bow,
sighing over old times.

Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Transcribed from a file provided by the translator.
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