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Dhammapada(Dhp XXI) – Pakinnakavagga: Miscellany

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XXI – Pakinnakavagga: Miscellany

290 If, by forsaking
a limited ease,
he would see
an abundance of ease,
the enlightened man
would forsake
the limited ease
for the sake
of the abundant.

291 He wants his own ease
by giving others dis-ease.
Intertwined in the inter-
action of hostility,
from hostility
he’s not set free.

292-293 In those who
reject what should,
and do what shouldn’t be done
— heedless, insolent —
effluents grow.

But for those who
are well-applied, constantly,
to mindfulness immersed in the body;
don’t indulge

in what shouldn’t be done
& persist
in what should
— mindful, alert —
effluents come to an end.

294-295 Having killed mother & father,
two warrior kings,
the kingdom and its dependency —
the brahman, untroubled, travels on.

Having killed mother and father,
two learned kings,
and, fifth, a tiger —
the brahman, untroubled, travels on.

296-301 They awaken, always wide awake:
Gotama’s disciples
whose mindfulness, both day & night,
is constantly immersed
in the Buddha.

They awaken, always wide awake:
Gotama’s disciples
whose mindfulness, both day & night,
is constantly immersed
in the Dhamma.

They awaken, always wide awake:
Gotama’s disciples
whose mindfulness, both day & night,
is constantly immersed
in the Sangha.

They awaken, always wide awake:
Gotama’s disciples
whose mindfulness, both day & night,
is constantly immersed
in the body.

They awaken, always wide awake:
Gotama’s disciples
whose hearts delight, both day & night,
in harmlessness.

They awaken, always wide awake:
Gotama’s disciples
whose hearts delight, both day & night,
in developing the mind.

302 Hard is the life gone forth,
hard to delight in.
Hard is the miserable
householder’s life.

It’s painful to stay with dissonant people,
painful to travel the road.
So be neither traveler
nor pained.

303 The man of conviction
endowed with virtue,
glory, & wealth:
wherever he goes
he is honored.

304 The good shine from afar
like the snowy Himalayas.
The bad don’t appear
even when near,
like arrows shot into the night.

305 Sitting alone,
resting alone,
walking alone,
untiring.

Taming himself,
he’d delight alone —
alone in the forest.


Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Transcribed from a file provided by the translator.

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