Dhammapada - (Dhp 2). Appamadavagga: Heedfulness
Monday 6 June 2016
(Dhp 2). Appamadavagga: Heedfulness
translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 1997–2009
Heedfulness: the path to the Deathless.Heedlessness: the path to death.The heedful do not die.The heedless are as ifalready dead.Knowing this as a true distinction,those wise in heedfulnessrejoice in heedfulness,enjoying the range of the noble ones.The enlightened, constantlyabsorbed in jhana,persevering,firm in their effort:they touch Unbinding,the unexcelled restfrom the yoke.Those with initiative,mindful,clean in action,acting with due consideration,heedful, restrained,living the Dhamma:their glorygrows.
Through initiative, heedfulness,restraint, & self-control,the wise would makean islandno floodcan submerge.
They’re addicted to heedlessness— dullards, fools —while one who is wisecherishes heedfulnessas his highest wealth.
Don’t give way to heedlessnessor to intimacywith sensual delight —for a heedful person,absorbed in jhana,attains an abundance of ease.
When the wise person drives outheedlessnesswith heedfulness,having climbed the high towerof discernment,sorrow-free,he observes the sorrowing crowd —as the enlightened man,having scaleda summit,the fools on the ground below.
Heedful among the heedless,wakeful among those asleep,just as a fast horse advances,leaving the weak behind:so the wise.
Through heedfulness, Indra wonto lordship over the gods.Heedfulness is praised,heedlessness censured —always.
The monk delighting in heedfulness,seeing danger in heedlessness,advances like a fire,burning fettersgreat & small.The monk delighting in heedfulness,seeing danger in heedlessness— incapable of falling back —stands right on the vergeof Unbinding.
Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Transcribed from a file provided by the translator.
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