Dhammapada(Dhp XV) - Sukhavagga: Happy
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How very happily we live,free from hostilityamong those who are hostile.Among hostile people,free from hostility we dwell.How very happily we live,free from miseryamong those who are miserable.Among miserable people,free from misery we dwell.How very happily we live,free from busynessamong those who are busy.Among busy people,free from busyness we dwell.How very happily we live,we who have nothing.We will feed on rapturelike the Radiant gods.
Winning gives birth to hostility.Losing, one lies down in pain.The calmed lie down with ease,having setwinning and losingaside.
There’s no fire like passion,no loss like anger,no pain like the aggregates,no ease other than peace.Hunger: the foremost illness.Fabrications: the foremost pain.For one knowing this truthas it actually is,Unbindingis the foremost ease.Freedom from illness: the foremost good fortune.Contentment: the foremost wealth.Trust: the foremost kinship.Unbinding: the foremost ease.
Drinking the nourishment,the flavor,of seclusion and calm,one is freed from evil, devoidof distress,refreshed with the nourishmentof rapture in the Dhamma.
It’s good to see Noble Ones.Happy their company — always.Through not seeing foolsconstantly, constantlyone would be happy.For, living with a fool,one grieves a long time.Painful is communion with fools,as with an enemy —always.Happy is communionwith the enlightened,as with a gathering of kin.So: the enlightened man —discerning, learned,enduring, dutiful, noble,intelligent, a man of integrity:follow him— one of this sort —as the moon, the pathof the zodiac stars.
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