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THE BRAHMANA


T I T L E (1) :
Strive and stop the stream of craving,
Discrad, O brahmana, sense-desires.
Knowing conditioned things, brahmana,
You will know the Unconditioned.

 

T I T L E (2) :
When depending on the twofold means,
A brahmana has reached the Other Shore,
Then of that one who knows,
All fetters remain no more.

 

T I T L E (3) :
For whom there exists
Neither the Hither nor the Farther Shore,
Nor both the Hither and the Farther Shore,
He who is undistressed and unbound -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (4) :
Meditative, dwelling alone,
Free from passion taint,
Having done what should be done,
Devoid of all corruptions,
And having reached the Highest Goal -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (5) :
By day the sun shines.
By night the moon is bright.
Armoured shines the warrior.
In meditation the brahmana glows.
But all day and all night,
The Buddha shines in splendour.

 

T I T L E (6) :
Without evil he is called a brahmana.
He who lives in peace is called a samana.
With all impurities gone,
A pabbajita is he called.

 

T I T L E (7) :
One should not strike a brahmana,
Nor such a brahmana vent his wrath on him.
Woe to him who strikes a brahmana.
More woe to him who gives way to his wrath.

 

T I T L E (8) :
Naught is better for a brahmana.
Than restraint of mind from what is clear.
Whenever his ill will has been put aside,
Then and then only his sorrow subsides.

 

T I T L E (9) :
He in whom there is no evil done,
Through body speech or mind,
He who is restrained in the three ways -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (10) :
From whom one knows the Truth Sublime
Which the Awakened One proclaimed,
Devotedly should one revere him,
As a brahmana tends the sacrificial fire.

 

T I T L E (11) :
Not by matted hair , nor by clan , nor by birth,
Does one become a brahmana.
In whom there are truth and righteousness,
Pure in he, a brahmana is he.

 

T I T L E (12) :
What use of your matted hair , O foolish one?
And what of your entelope-garment?
Full of impurities is your mind,
You embellish only the outside.

 

T I T L E (13) :
Clad in rag-robes and lean,
With body overspread by veins,
Miditating in the forest alone -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (14) :
I do not call him a brahmana
Merely because he is born of a womb
Or sprung from a brahmani.
If he is full of impediments,
He is merely a brahmana by name.
He who is free from impediments and clinging -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (15) :
He who has cut off all bonds,
He who trembles not,
He who is free and unbound -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (16) :
He who has cut off the strap (of hatred),
The thong (of craving),
The rope (of heresies),
Together with all tendencies;
He who has thrown up the cross-bar
(ignorance),
And has realized the Truth -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (17) :
He who is not wrathful
Bears reviling, blows and bonds,
Whose power, the potent army, is patience -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (18) :
He who is free from anger,
He who is dutiful and righteous,
He who is without craving, and controlled;
And he who bears his final body -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (19) :
Like water on a lotusleaf,
Like a mustard seed on a needle's point,
He who clings not to sensual pleasures -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (20) :
He who has realized in this world
The destruction of his own ill,
Who has put aside the burden and is freed -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (21) :
He whose wisdom is deep,
Who is wise and skilled
In the right and wrong means,
Who has reached the Highest Goal -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (22) :
He who is not intimate
With both householder and homeless,
Who with no fixed abode
Wanders, wanting but little -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (23) :
He who has given up harming creatures,
Wheter feeble or strong,
Who neither kills nor causes to kill -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (24) :
Friendly among the hostile,
Peaceful among the violent,
Ungrasping among the grasping -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (25) :
์In whom lust, hatred, pride
And detraction are fallen off,
As a mustard seed from the needle's point -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (26) :
์He who utters words
Gentle, instructive and true,
He who gives offence to none -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (27) :
์He who in this world
Takes not what is not given,
Be it long or short,
Small or great, fair or foul -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (28) :
He who has no longing
Either for this world or next world,
Who is detached and emancipated -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (29) :
He who has no more longing,
Who through knowledge is free from doubts,
Who has plunged deep into the Deathless -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (30) :
He who has passed beyond
Good and bad and attachment,
Who is sorrowless, stainless and pure -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (31) :
He who is pure as the spotless moon,
He who is serene and clear,
He who has ended delight in existence -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (32) :
He who has passed beyond
This quagmire, this difficult path,
The ocean ( of life ) and delusion,
Who has crossed and gone beyond,
Who is meditative, desireless and doubtless,
Who, clinging to nought, has attained Nibbana -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (33) :
He who, giving up sensual pleasures,
Would renounce and become a homeless one,
Who has removed the lust of becoming -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (34) :
He who, giving up craving,
Would renounce and become a homeless one,
Who has destroyed the craving for existence -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (35) :
He who, discarding human ties,
And transcending celestial ties,
Is completely freed from all ties -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (36) :
He who has given up delight and aversion,
Who is cooled and without attachments,
Strenuous and victorious over the world -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (37) :
He who perfectly understands
The rise and fall of all beings,
Who is detached, well-gone and enlightened -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (38) :
He whose way is unknown
To gods, gandharvas and men,
Who has destroyed all defilements
And who has become enlightened -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (39) :
He who clings not to the past,
The present and the future, too,
Who has no clinging and grasping -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (40) :
The fearless, the noble, the hero,
The great sage, the conqueror,
The desireless, the pure, the enlightened -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 

T I T L E (41) :
The sage who knows his previous births,
Who sees heaven and hell,
Who has reached the end of births,
Who has attained to insight-wisdom,
Who has completed his holy life -
Him do I call a brahmana.

 


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



   

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