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Dhammapada(Dhp XVIII) – Malavagga: Impurities




XVIII – Malavagga: Impurities

235-238 You are now
like a yellowed leaf.
Yama’s minions stand near.
You stand at the door to departure
but have yet to provide
for the journey.

Make an island for yourself!
Work quickly! Be wise!
With impurities all blown away,
you’ll reach the divine realm
of the noble ones.

You are now
right at the end of your time.
You are headed
to Yama’s presence,
with no place to rest along the way,
but have yet to provide
for the journey.

Make an island for yourself!
Work quickly! Be wise!
With impurities all blown away,
you won’t again undergo birth
and aging.

239 Just as a silver smith
step by
bit by
moment to
blows away the impurities
of molten silver —
so the wise man, his own.

240 Just as rust
— iron’s impurity —
eats the very iron
from which it is born,
so the deeds
of one who lives slovenly
lead him on
to a bad destination.

241-243 No recitation: the ruinous impurity
of chants.
No initiative: of a household.
Indolence: of beauty.
Heedlessness: of a guard.

In a woman, misconduct is an impurity.
In a donor, stinginess.
Evil deeds are the real impurities
in this world & the next.

More impure than these impurities
is the ultimate impurity:
Having abandoned this impurity,
monks, you’re impurity-free.

244-245 Life’s easy to live
for someone unscrupulous,
cunning as a crow,
corrupt, back-biting,
forward, and brash;

but for someone who’s constantly
scrupulous, cautious,
observant, sincere,
pure in his livelihood,
clean in his pursuits,
it’s hard.

246-248 Whoever kills, lies, steals,
goes to someone else’s wife,
and is addicted to intoxicants,
digs himself up
by the root
right here in this world.

So know, my good man,
that bad deeds are reckless.
Don’t let greed and unrighteousness
oppress you with long-term pain.

249-250 People give
in line with their faith,
in line with conviction.

Whoever gets flustered
at food and drink given to others,
attains no concentration
by day or by night.

But one in whom this is
cut through
wiped out —
attains concentration
by day or by night.

251 There’s no fire like passion,
no seizure like anger,
no snare like delusion,
no river like craving.

252-253 It’s easy to see
the errors of others,
but hard to see
your own.

You winnow like chaff
the errors of others,
but conceal your own —
like a cheat, an unlucky throw.

If you focus on the errors of others,
constantly finding fault,
your effluents flourish.
You’re far from their ending.

254-255 There’s no trail in space,
no outside contemplative.
People are smitten
with objectifications,
but devoid of objectification are
the Tathagatas.

There’s no trail in space,
no outside contemplative,
no eternal fabrications,
no wavering in the Awakened.

Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Transcribed from a file provided by the translator.

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