Dhammapada - (Dhp 13) - Lokavagga : Worlds
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(Dhp 13) - Lokavagga : Worlds
translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 1997–2009
Don’t associate with lowly qualities.Don’t consort with heedlessness.Don’t associate with wrong views.Don’t busy yourself with the world.
Get up! Don’t be heedless.Live the Dhamma well.One who lives the Dhammasleeps with easein this world & the next.Live the Dhamma well.Don’t live it badly.One who lives the Dhammasleeps with easein this world & the next.
See it as a bubble,see it as a mirage:one who regards the world this waythe King of Death doesn’t see.
Come look at this worldall decked outlike a royal chariot,where fools plunge in,while those who knowdon’t cling.
Who once was heedless,but later is not,brightens the worldlike the moon set free from a cloud.His evil-done deedis replaced with skillfulness:he brightens the worldlike the moon set free from a cloud.
Blinded this world —how few here see clearly!Just as birds who’ve escapedfrom a net arefew, feware the peoplewho make it to heaven.
Swans fly the path of the sun;those with the power fly through space;the enlightened flee from the world,having defeated the armies of Mara.
The person who tells a lie,who transgresses in this one thing,transcending concern for the world beyond:there’s no evilhe might not do.
No misers goto the world of the devas.Those who don’t praise givingare fools.The enlightenedexpress their approval for givingand so find easein the world beyond.
Sole dominion over the earth,going to heaven,lordship over all worlds:the fruit of stream-entryexcels them.
Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Transcribed from a file provided by the translator.
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