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THE THOUSANDS


T I T L E (1) :
Better than a thounsand useless words
Is one beneficial single word,
Hearing which one is pacified.

 

T I T L E (2) :
Better than a thounsand verses,
Comprising useless words,
Is one beneficial single line,
Hearing which one is pacified.

 

T I T L E (3) :
Should one recite a hundred verses,
Comprising useless words,
Better is one single word of the Dhamma,
Hearing which one is pacified.

 

T I T L E (4) :
Though one should conquer in battle
A thounsand times a thounsand men,
Yet should one conquer just oneself
One is indeed the greatest victor.

 

T I T L E (5) :
Better indeed is it to conquer oneself,
Neither a god nor a Gandharva
Neither Mara nor Brahma
Could turn into defeat the victory of one
Who is self-madtered and self-controlled.

 

T I T L E (6) :
Though, month after month with a thousand,
One should sacrifice for a hundred years,
Yet,if, only for a moment,
One should honour the self-restrained,
That honour, indeed, is better
Than a century of sacrifice.

 

T I T L E (7) :
Though one , for a century,
Should tend the fire in the forest,
Yet, if ,only for a moment,
He should honour the self-restrained,
Thai honour,indeed,is better
Than a century of sacrifice.

 

T I T L E (8) :
Whatever oblationnns and sacrifices
One might offer for a year,
Seeking merit thereby,
All that is not worth a single quarter
Of homage towards the upright
Which is far more excellent.

 

T I T L E (9) :
For one who is in the habit of
Ever honouring and respecting the elders,
Four qualities increase;
Loong life,Fame, happiness and strength.

 

T I T L E (10) :
Though one should live a hundred years,
Without conduct and concentration,
Yet,better is a single day's life
Of one who is moral and meditative.

 

T I T L E (11) :
Though one shold live an hundred years,
Without wisdom and concentration,
Yet, better is a single day's life
Of one who is wise and meditative.

 

T I T L E (12) :
Though one should live a hundred years,
Sluggish and inactive
Yet,better is a single day's life
Of one who intensely exerts himself.

 

T I T L E (13) :
Better is a single day;s life of one
Who discerns the rise and fall of things
Than a hundred years'life of one
Who is not comprehending.

 

T I T L E (14) :
Better is a single day's life of one
Who sees the Deathless
Than a hundred years's life of one
Who sees not that state.

 

T I T L E (15) :
Better is a single day's life of one
Who understands the truth sublime
Than a hundred years's life of one
Who knows not that truth, so high.


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



   

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