Dhammapada(Dhp XXII) - Nirayavagga: Hell
Sunday 16 May 2010, by
He goes to hell,the one who assertswhat didn’t take place,as does the onewho, having done,says, ’I didn’t.’Both — low-acting people —there become equal:after death, in the world beyond.
An ochre robe tied ’round their necks,many with evil qualities— unrestrained, evil —rearise, because of their evil acts,in hell.Better to eat an iron ball— glowing, aflame —than that, unprincipled &unrestrained,you should eat the alms of the country.
Four things befall the heedless manwho lies down with the wife of another:a wealth of demerit;a lack of good sleep;third, censure;fourth, hell.A wealth of demerit, an evil destination,and the brief delight of afearful man with afearful woman,and the king inflicts a harsh punishment.Sono man should lie downwith the wife of another.
Just as sharp-bladed grass,if wrongly held,wounds the very hand that holds it —the contemplative life, if wrongly grasped,drags you down to hell.Any slack act,or defiled observance,or fraudulent life of chastitybears no great fruit.If something’s to be done,then work at it firmly,for a slack going-forthkicks up all the more dust.It’s better to leave a misdeedundone.A misdeed burns you afterward.Better that a good deed be donethat, after you’ve done it,won’t make you burn.
Like a frontier fortress,guarded inside and out,guard yourself.Don’t let the moment pass by.Those for whom the moment is pastgrieve, consigned to hell.
Ashamed of what’s not shameful,not ashamed of what is,beings adopting wrong viewsgo to a bad destination.Seeing danger where there is none,& no danger where there is,beings adopting wrong viewsgo to a bad destination.Imagining error where there is none,and seeing no error where there is,beings adopting wrong viewsgo to a bad destination.But knowing error as error,and non-error as non-,beings adopting right viewsgo to a gooddestination.
Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
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