Dhammapada - (Dhp 5) - Balavagga: Fools
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(Dhp I). Balavagga: Fools
translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 1997–2009
Long for the wakeful is the night.Long for the weary, a league.For foolsunaware of True Dhamma,samsarais long.
If, in your course, you don’t meetyour equal, your better,then continue your course,firmly,alone.There’s no fellowship with fools.
’I have sons, I have wealth’ —the fool torments himself.When even he himselfdoesn’t belong to himself,how then sons?How wealth?
A fool with a sense of his foolishnessis — at least to that extent — wise.But a fool who thinks himself wisereally deserves to be calleda fool.
Even if for a lifetimethe fool stays with the wise,he knows nothing of the Dhamma —as the ladle,the taste of the soup.Even if for a moment,the perceptive person stays with the wise,he immediately knows the Dhamma —as the tongue,the taste of the soup.
Fools, their wisdom weak,are their own enemiesas they go through life,doing evilthat bearsbitter fruit.
It’s not good,the doing of the deedthat, once it’s done,you regret,whose result you reap crying,your face in tears.It’s good,the doing of the deedthat, once it’s done,you don’t regret,whose result you reap gratified,happy at heart.
As long as evil has yet to ripen,the fool mistakes it for honey.But when that evil ripens,the fool falls into pain.
Month after monththe fool might eatonly a tip-of-grass measure of food,but he wouldn’t be worthone sixteenthof those who’ve fathomedthe Dhamma.
An evil deed, when done,doesn’t — like ready milk —come out right away.It follows the fool,smolderinglike a firehidden in ashes.
Only for his ruindoes renown come to the fool.It ravages his bright fortune& rips his head apart.He would want unwarranted status,preeminence among monks,authority among monasteries,homage from lay families.’Let householders & those gone forthboth think that thiswas done by me alone.May I alone determinewhat’s a duty, what’s not’:the resolve of a foolas they grow —his desire & pride.
The path to material gaingoes one way,the way to Unbinding,another.Realizing this, the monk,a disciple to the Awakened One,should not relish offerings,should cultivate seclusioninstead.
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