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TITLE 1

Mind foreruns all mental conditions,
Mind is chief, mind-made are they;
If one speak or acts with a wicked mind,
Then suffering follows him
Even as the wheel the hoof of the ox.

 

TITLE 2

Mind foreruns all mental conditions,
Mind is chief,mind-made are they;
If one speaks or acts with a pure mind,
Then happiness follows him
Even as the shadow that never leaves.

 

TITLE 3

He abused me, he beat me,
He defeated me, he robbed me;
In those who harbour such thoughts
Hatred never ceases.

 

TITLE 4

He abused me, he beat me,
He defeated me, he robbed me'
In those who harbour not such thoughts
Hatred finds its end.

 

TITLE 5

At any time in this world,
Hatred never ceases by haterd,
But through non-hatred it ceases,
This is an eternal law.

 

TITLE 6

The common people know not
That in this Quarrel they will perish,
But those who realize this truth
Have their Quarrels calmed thereby.

 

TITLE 7

As the wind overthrows a weak tree,
So does Mara overpower him
Who lives attached to sense pleasures
Who lives with his senses uncontrolled,
Who knows not moderation in his food,
And who is indolent and inactive.

 

TITLE 8

As the wind does not overthrow a rocky mount,
So Mara indeed does not overpower him
Who lives unattached to sense pleasures,
Who lives with his senses well-controlled,
Who knows moderation in his food,
And who is full of faith and high vitality.

 

TITLE 9

whosoever, not freed from defilements,
Without self-control and truthfulness,
Should put on the yellow robe-
He is not worthy of it.

 

TITLE 10

But he who discared defilements,
Firmly established in moral precepts,
Possessed of self-control and truth,
Is indeed worthy of the yellow robe.

 

TITLE 11

In the unessential they imagine the essential,
In the essential they see the unessential;
They who feed on wrong thoughts as such
Never achieve the essential.

 

TITLE 12

Knowing the essential as the essential,
And the unessential as the unessential,
They who feed on right thoughts as such
Achieve the essential.

 

TITLE 13

Even as rain into an ill-thatched house,
Even so lust penetrates an undeveloped mind.

 

TITLE 14

Even as rain gets not into a well -thatched house,
Even so lust penetrates not a well-developed mind.

 

TITLE 15

Here he grieves, hereaafter he grieves,
In both worlds the evil-doer grieves;
He mourns, he is afflicted,
Beholding his own impure deeds.

 

TITLE 16

Here he rejoices, hereafter he rejoices,
In both worlds the well-doer rejoices;
He rejoices, exceedingly rejoices,
Seeing his own pure deeds.

 

TITLE 17

Here he laments, hereafter he laments,
In both worlds the evil-doer laments;
Thinking; 'Evil have I done', thus he laments,
Furthermore he laments,
When gone to a state of woe.

 

TITLE 18

Here he is happy, hereafter he is happy,
In both worlds the well-doer is happy;
Thinking; 'Good have I done', thus he is happy,
When gone to the state of bliss.

 

TITLE 19

Though much he recites the Sacred Texts,
But acts not accordingly, the heedless man
is like the cowherd who counts others'kine;
He has no share in religious life.

 

TITLE 20

Though little he recites the Sacred Texts,
But puts the precepts into practice,
Forsaking lust, hatred and delusion,
With rigth knowledge, with mind well freed,
Cling to nothing here or hereafter,
He has a share in religious life.


Source : The Buddha's in the Dhammapada by Sathienphong Wannapok



   

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