Dhammapada(Dhp XVI) Piyavagga: Dear Ones
Tuesday 1 June 2010, by
Having applied himselfto what was not his own task,and not having applied himselfto what was,having disregarded the goalto grasp at what he held dear,he now envies thosewho kept after themselves,took themselvesto task.
Don’t ever — regardless —be conjoined with what’s dearor undear.It’s painfulnot to see what’s dearor to see what’s not.So don’t make anything dear,for it’s dreadful to be farfrom what’s dear.No bonds are foundfor those for whomthere’s neither dearnor undear.
From what’s dear is born grief,from what’s dear is born fear.For one freed from what’s dearthere’s no grief— so how fear?From what’s loved is born grief,from what’s loved is born fear.For one freed from what’s lovedthere’s no grief— so how fear?From delight is born grief,from delight is born fear.For one freed from delightthere’s no grief— so how fear?From sensuality is born grief,from sensuality is born fear.For one freed from sensualitythere’s no grief— so how fear?From craving is born grief,from craving is born fear.For one freed from cravingthere’s no grief— so how fear?
One consummate in virtue & vision,judicious,speaking the truth,doing his own task:the world holds him dear.
Ifyou’ve given birth to a wishfor what can’t be expressed,are suffused with heart,your mind not enmeshedin sensual passions:you’re said to bein the up-flowing stream.
A man long absentcomes home safe from afar.His kin, his friends, his companions,delight in his return.In just the same way,when you’ve done goodand gone from this worldto the world beyond,your good deeds receive you —as kin, someone dearcome home.
Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Transcribed from a file provided by the translator.
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