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DHAMMAPADA

1. The Pairs

Mind precedes its objects. They are mind-governed and mind-made. To
speak or act with
a defiled mind is to draw pain after oneself, like a wheel behind the
feet of the animal
drawing it. 1

Mind precedes its objects. They are mind-governed and mind-made. To
speak or act with
a peaceful mind, is to draw happiness after oneself, like an inseparable
shadow. 2

I have been insulted! I have been hurt! I have been beaten! I have been
robbed! Anger
does not cease in those who harbour this sort of thought. 3

I have been insulted! I have been hurt! I have been beaten! I have been
robbed! Anger
ceases in those who do not harbour this sort of thought. 4

Occasions of hatred are certainly never settled by hatred. They are
settled by freedom from
hatred. This is the eternal law. 5

Others may not understand that we must practice self-control, but
quarrelling dies away in
those who understand this fact. 6

Mara masters the lazy and irresolute man who dwells on the attractive
side of things,
ungoverned in his senses, and unrestrained in his food, like the wind
overcomes a rotten
tree. 7

But Mara cannot master a man who dwells on the distasteful side of
things, self-controlled
in his senses, moderate in eating, resolute and full of faith, like the
wind cannot move a
mountain crag. 8

The man who wears the yellow-dyed robe but is not free from stains
himself, without self-
restraint and integrity, is unworthy of the robe. 9

But the man who has freed himself of stains and has found peace of mind
in an upright
life, possessing self-restraint and integrity, he is indeed worthy of
the dyed robe. 10

To see the essence in the unessential and to see the essence as
unessential means one can
never get to the essence, wandering as one is in the road of wrong
intentions. 11

But to see the essence in the essential and the unessential as the
unessential it is means
one does get to the essence, being on the road of right intentions. 12

In the same way that rain breaks into a house with a bad roof, desire
breaks into the mind
that has not been practising meditation. 13

While in the same way that rain cannot break into a well-roofed house,
desire cannot
break into a mind that has been practising meditation well. 14

Here and beyond he suffers. The wrong-doer suffers both ways. He suffers
and is
tormented to see his own depraved behaviour. 15

Here and beyond he is glad. The doer of good is glad both ways. He is
glad and rejoices
to see his own good deeds. 16

Here and beyond he is punished. The wrong-doer is punished both ways. He
is punished
by the thought, “I have done evil”, and is even more punished when he
comes to a bad
state. 17

Here and beyond he rejoices. The doer of good rejoices both way. He
rejoices at the
thought, “I have done good”, and rejoices even more when he comes to a
happy state. 18

Even if he is fond of quoting appropriate texts, the thoughtless man who
does not put
them into practice himself is like cowherd counting other people’s cows,
not a partner in
the Holy Life. 19

Even if he does not quote appropriate texts much, if he follows the
principles of the
Teaching by getting rid of greed, hatred and delusion, deep of insight
and with a mind free
from attachment, not clinging to anything in this world or the next –
that man is a partner
in the Holy Life. 20

2. Attention

Attention leads to immortality. Carelessness leads to death. Those who
pay attention will
not die, while the careless are as good as dead already. 21

So having clearly understood the value of attention, wise men take
pleasure in it, rejoicing
in what the saints have practised. 22

Those who meditate with perseverance, constantly working hard at it, are
the wise who
experience Nirvana, the ultimate freedom from chains. 23

When a man is resolute and recollected, pure of deed and persevering,
when he is attentive
and self-controlled and lives according to the Teaching, his reputation
is bound to grow.
24

By resolution and attention, by discipline and self-control, a clever
man may build himself
an island that no flood can overthrow. 25

Foolish, ignorant people indulge in careless lives, whereas a clever man
guards his
attention as his most precious possession. 26

Don’t indulge in careless behaviour. Don’t be the friend of sensual
pleasures. He who
meditates attentively attains abundant joy. 27

When a wise man has carefully rid himself of carelessness and climbed
the High Castle of
Wisdom, sorrowless he observes sorrowing people, like a clear-sighted
man on a mountain
top looking down on the people with limited vision on the ground below.
28

Careful amidst the careless, amongst the sleeping wide-awake, the
intelligent man leaves
them all behind, like a race-horse does a mere hack. 29

It was by attention that Indra attained the highest place among the
gods. People approve of
attention, while carelessness is always condemned. 30

A bhikkhu taking pleasure in being attentive, and recognising the danger
of carelessness,
makes progress like a forest fire, consuming all obstacles large or
small in his way. 31

A bhikkhu taking pleasure in being attentive, and recognising the danger
of carelessness, is
incapable of falling away. In fact he is already close to Nirvana. 32

3. Thoughts

Elusive and unreliable as it is, the wise man straightens out his
restless, agitated mind, like
a fletcher crafting an arrow. 33

Trying to break out of Mara’s control, one’s mind writhes to and fro,
like a fish pulled
from its watery home onto dry ground. 34

It is good to restrain one’s mind, uncontrollable, fast moving, and
following its own
desires as it is. A disciplined mind leads to happiness. 35

A wise man should guard his mind for it is very hard to keep track of,
extremely subtle,
and follows its own desires. A guarded mind brings happiness. 36

The mind goes wandering off far and wide alone. Incorporeal, it dwells
in the cavern of
the heart. Those who keep it under control escape from Mara’s bonds. 37

If he is unsettled in mind, does not know the true Teaching, and has
lost his peace of
mind, a man’s wisdom does not come to fulfilment. 38

With his mind free from the inflow of thoughts and from restlessness, by
abandoning both
good and evil, an alert man knows no fear. 39

Seeing your body as no better than an earthen pot, make war on Mara with
the sword of
wisdom, and setting up your mind as a fortress, defend what you have
won, remaining free
from attachment. 40

Before long this body will be lying on the ground, discarded and
unconscious, like a
useless bit of wood. 41

One’s own misdirected thought can do one more harm than an enemy or an
ill-wisher. 42

Even your mother, father or any other relative cannot do you as much
good as your own
properly directed thought. 43

4. Flowers

Who will master this world and the world of Death with its devas? Who
will gather well
taught aphorisms (dhammapadas), like an connoisseur picking a flower? 44

A disciple will master this world and the world of Death with its devas.
A disciple will
gather well taught aphorisms (dhammapadas), like a connoisseur picking a
flower. 45

Seeing the foam-like nature of the body, and awakening to its
mirage-like quality, one can
escape the sight of the King of Death, snapping Mara’s flowery bonds. 46

Death carries off a man busy picking flowers with an besotted mind, like
a great flood
does a sleeping village. 47

Death, the end-maker, will exercise his will on a man busy picking
flowers with a besotted
mind, before he has even found satisfaction. 48

A holy man should behave in the village like a bee which takes its food
from a flower
without hurting its appearance or its scent. 49

It is no the shortcomings of others, nor what others have done or not
done that one should
think about, but what one has done or not done oneself. 50

Like a fine flower, beautiful to look at but without scent, fine words
are fruitless in a man
who does not act in accordance with them. 51

Like a fine flower, beautiful to look at and scented too, fine words
bear fruit in a man
who acts well in accordance with them. 52

Just as one can make a lot of garlands from a heap of flowers, so man,
subject to birth
and death as he is, should make himself a lot of good karma. 53

The scent of flowers cannot travel against the wind, and nor can that of
sandalwood or
jasmine, but the fragrance of the good does travel against the wind, and
a good man
perfumes the four quarters of the earth. 54

Sandalwood, tagara, lotus, jasmine – the fragrance of virtue is
unrivalled by such kinds of
perfume. 55

The perfume of tagara and sandalwood is of little enough power, while
the supreme
fragrance, that of the virtuous, reaches even up to the devas. 56

Perfect of virtue, always acting with recollection, and liberated by
final realisation – Mara
does not know the path such people travel. 57

Like a beautiful, fragrant lotus, springing up on a pile of rubbish
thrown out on the
highway, so a disciple of the Enlightened One stands out among
rubbish-like and blinded
ordinary people by virtue of his wisdom. 58, 59

5. The Fool

Long is the night for the sleepless. Long is the road for the weary.
Long is samsara (the
cycle of continued rebirth) for the foolish, who have not recognised the
true teaching. 60

If on one’s way one does not come across one’s better or an equal, then
one should press
on resolutely alone. There is no companionship with a fool. 61

“I’ve got children”, “I’ve got wealth.” This is the way a fool brings
suffering on himself.
He does not even own himself, so how can he have children or wealth? 62

A fool who recognises his own ignorance is thereby in fact a wise man,
but a fool who
considers himself wise – that is what one really calls a fool. 63

Even if a fool lived with a wise man all his life, he would still not
recognise the truth, like
a wooden spoon cannot recognise the flavour of the soup. 64

Even if a man of intelligence lives with a wise man only for a moment,
he will
immediately recognise the truth, like one’s tongue recognises the
flavour of the soup. 65

Stupid fools go through life as their own enemies, doing evil deeds
which have bitter
consequences. 66

A deed is not well done if one suffers after doing it, if one bears the
consequences
sobbing and with tears streaming down one’s face. 67

But a deed is well done if one does not suffer after doing it, if one
experiences the
consequences smiling and contented. 68

A fool thinks it like honey so long as the bad deed does not bear fruit,
but when it does
bear fruit he experiences suffering. 69

Even if a fool were to take his food month after month off the tip of a
blade of grass, he
would still not be worth a fraction of those who have understood the
truth. 70

Like fresh milk a bad deed does not turn at once. It follows a fool
scorching him like a
smouldering fire. 71

A fool acquires knowledge only to his own disadvantage. It destroys what
good he has,
and turns his brains. 72

One may desire a spurious respect and precedence among one’s fellow
monks, and the
veneration of outsiders. “Both monks and laity should think it was my
doing. They should
accept my authority in all matters great or small.” This is a fool’s way
of thinking. His
self-seeking and conceit just increase. 73, 74

One way leads to acquisition, the other leads to nirvana. Realising this
a monk, as a
disciple of the Buddha, should take no pleasure in the respect of
others, but should devote
himself to solitude. 75

6. The Wise Man

Like one pointing out hidden treasure, if one finds a man of
intelligence who can
recognise one’s faults and take one to task for them, one should
cultivate the company of
such a wise man. He who cultivates a man like that is the better for it,
not worse. 76

If a man disciplines, instructs and restrains them from what is not
right, he will be dear to
the good, and disliked by the bad. 77

Don’t cultivate the company of bad companions. Don’t cultivate depraved
men. Cultivate
companions of good character. Cultivate superior men. 78

He who drinks in the Truth will live happily with a peaceful mind. A
wise man always
delights in the Truth taught by the saints. 79

Navvies channel water, fletchers fashion arrows, and carpenters work on
wood, but the
wise disciple themselves. 80

Like a solid rock is not shaken by the wind, so the wise are not moved
by praise or
blame. 81

The wise find peace on hearing the truth, like a deep, clear,
undisturbed lake. 82

The good renounce everything. The pure don’t babble about sensual
desires. Whether
touched by pleasure or pain, the wise show no change of temper. 83

If a man does not seek children, wealth or power either for himself or
for someone else, if
he does not seek his own advantage by unprincipled means, he is a
virtuous man, a wise
man and a righteous man. 84

Few are those among men who have crossed over to the other shore, while
the rest of
mankind runs along the bank. However those who follow the principles of
the well-taught
Truth will cross over to the other shore, out of the dominion of Death,
hard though it is to
escape. 85, 86

A wise man, abandoning the principle of darkness, should cultivate what
is pure. Leaving
home for the homeless life, let him seek his joy in the solitude which
people find so hard
to enjoy, and, abandoning sensual pleasures, let him cleanse himself of
inner defilements,
looking on nothing as his own. 87, 88

Those whose minds are thoroughly practices in the factors of
enlightenment, who find
delight in freedom from attachment in the renunciation of clinging, free
from the inflow of
thoughts, they are like shining lights, having reached final liberation
in the world. 89

7. The Enlightened

Journey over, sorrowless, freed in every way, and with all bonds broken
– for such a man
there is no more distress. 90

The recollected go forth to lives of renunciation. They take no pleasure
in a fixed abode.
Like wild swans abandoning a pool, they leave one resting place after
another. 91

Those for whom there is no more acquisition, who are fully aware of the
nature of food,
whose dwelling place is an empty and imageless release – the way of such
people is hard
to follow, like the path of birds through the sky. 92

He whose inflowing thoughts are dried up, who is unattached to food,
whose dwelling
place is an empty and imageless release – the way of such a person is
hard to follow, like
the path of birds through the sky. 93

When a man’s senses have come to peace, like a horses well broken by the
trainer, when
he is rid of conceit and without inflowing thoughts – even devas envy
such a well set man.
94

Like the earth he is not disturbed, like a great pillar he is firmly set
and reliable, like a
lake he is free from defilement. There are no more rebirths for such a
well set man. 95

Freed by full realisation and at peace, the mind of such a man is at
peace, and his speech
and action peaceful. 96

He has no need for faith who knows the uncreated, who has cut off
rebirth, who has
destroyed any opportunity for good or evil, and cast away all desire. He
is indeed the
ultimate man. 97

Whether in the village or the forest, whether on high ground or low,
wherever the
enlightened live, that is a delightful spot. 98

Delightful for them are the forests where men find no delight. The
desire-free find delight
there, for they seek no sensual joys. 99

8. The Thousands

Better than a thousand pointless words is one saying to the point on
hearing which one
finds peace. 100

Better than a thousand pointless verses is one stanza on hearing which
one finds peace.
101

Better than reciting a hundred pointless verses is one verse of the
teaching (one
dhammapada) on hearing which one finds peace. 102

Though one were to defeat thousands upon thousands of men in battle, if
another were to
overcome just one – himself, he is the supreme victor. 103

Victory over oneself is better than that over others. When a man has
conquered himself
and always acts with self-control, neither devas, spirits, Mara or
Brahma can reverse the
victory of a man like that. 104, 105

Though one were to perform sacrifices by the thousand month after month
for a hundred
years, if another were to pay homage to a single inwardly perfected man
for just a
moment, that homage is better than the hundred years of sacrifices. 106

Though one were to tend the sacrificial fire for a hundred years in the
forest, if another
were to pay homage to a single inwardly perfected man for just a moment,
that homage is
better than the hundred years of sacrifice. 107

All the sacrifices and offerings a man desiring merit could make in a
year in the world are
not worth a quarter of the better merit of homage to the righteous. 108

Four principal things increase in the man who is respectful and always
honours his elders –
length of life, good looks, happiness and health. 109

Though one were to live a hundred years immoral and with a mind
unstilled by
meditation, the life of a single day is better if one is moral and
practises meditation. 110

Though one were to live a hundred years without wisdom and with a mind
unstilled by
meditation, the life of a single day is better if one is wise and
practises meditation. 111

Though one were to live a hundred years lazy and effortless, the life of
a single day is
better if one makes a real effort. 112

Though one were to live a hundred years without seeing the rise and
passing of things, the
life of a single day is better if one sees the rise and passing of
things. 113

Though one were to live a hundred years without seeing the deathless
state, the life of a
single day is better if one sees the deathless state. 114

Though one were to live a hundred years without seeing the supreme
truth, the life of a
single day is better if one sees the supreme truth. 115

9. Evil

Be urgent in good; hold your thoughts off evil. When one is slack in
doing good the mind
delights in evil. 116

If a man has done evil, let him not keep on doing it. Let him not create
an inclination to
it. The accumulation of evil means suffering. 117

If a man has done good, let him keep on doing it. Let him create an
inclination to it. The
accumulation of good means happiness. 118

An evil man encounters good so long as his evil behaviour does not bear
fruit, but when
his evil behaviour bears fruit, then the evil man encounters the evil
consequences. 119

An good man encounters evil so long as his good behaviour does not bear
fruit, but when
his good behaviour bears fruit, then the good man encounters the good
consequences. 120

Do not think lightly of evil that not the least consequence will come of
it. A whole
waterpot will fill up from dripping drops of water. A fool fills himself
with evil, just a
little at a time. 121

Do not think lightly of good that not the least consequence will come of
it. A whole
waterpot will fill up from dripping drops of water. A wise man fills
himself with good,
just a little at a time. 122

One should avoid evil like a merchant with much goods and only a small
escort avoids a
dangerous road, and like a man who loves life avoids poison. 123

If there is no wound on one’s hand, one can handle poison. Poison has no
effect where
there is no wound. There is no evil for the non-doer. 124

Whoever does harm to an innocent man, a pure man and a faultless one,
the evil comes
back on that fool, like fine dust thrown into the wind. 125

Some are reborn in a human womb, evil-doers go to hell, the good go to
heaven, and
those without inflowing thoughts achieve final liberation. 126

Not in the sky, nor in the depths of the sea, nor hiding in the cleft of
the rocks, there is no
place on earth where one can take one’s stand to escape from an evil
deed. 127

Not in the sky, nor in the depths of the sea, nor hiding in the cleft of
the rocks, there is no
place on earth where one can take one’s stand to not be overcome by
death. 128

10. Violence

All fear violence, all are afraid of death. Seeing the similarity to
oneself, one should not
use violence or have it used. 129

All fear violence, life is dear to all. Seeing the similarity to
oneself, one should not use
violence or have it used. 130

He who does violence to creatures seeking happiness like himself does
not find happiness
after death. 131

He who does no violence to creatures seeking happiness like himself does
find happiness
after death. 132

Don’t speak harshly to anyone. If you do people will speak to you in the
same way. Harsh
words are painful and their retaliation will hurt you. 133

If you don’t disturb yourself, like a broken gong does not vibrate, then
you have achieved
nirvana. Irritability no longer exists for you. 134

Like a cowherd driving cows off to the fields, so old age and death take
away the years
from the living. 135

Even when he is doing evil, the fool does not realise it. The idiot is
punished by his own
deeds, like one is scorched by fire. 136

He who does violence to the peaceful and harmless soon encounters one of
ten things – He
may experience cruel pain, disaster, physical injury, severe illness, or
insanity, or else
trouble with the authorities, grave accusation, bereavement, or loss of
property, or else
destruction of his house by fire, and on the death of his body the fool
goes to hell. 137,
138, 139, 140

Neither naked asceticism, matted hair, dirt, fasting, sleeping on the
ground, dust and mud,
nor prolonged sitting on one’s heels can purify a man who is not free of
doubts. 141

Even if richly dressed, when a man behaves even-mindedly and is at
peace, restrained and
established in the right way, chaste and renouncing violence to all
forms of life, then he is
a brahmin, he is a holy man, he is a bhikkhu (true Buddhist monk). 142

Where is that man in the world who is so restrained by shame that he
avoids laziness like
a thoroughbred horse avoids the whip? 143

Like a thoroughbred horse touched by the whip, be strenuous and
determined. Then you
will be able to rid yourself of this great suffering by means of faith,
morality, energetic
behaviour, stillness of mind and reflection on the teaching, after you
have become full of
wisdom, good habits and recollection. 144

Navvies channel water, fletchers fashion arrows, and carpenters work on
wood, but the
good disciple themselves. 145

11. Old Age

What is this laughter, what is this delight, forever burning (with
desires) as you are?
Enveloped in darkness as you are, will you not look for a lamp? 146

Look at the decorated puppet, a mass of wounds and of composite parts,
full of disease
and always in need of attention. It has no enduring stability. 147

This body is worn out with age, a nest of diseases and falling apart.
The mass of
corruption disintegrates, and death is the end of life. 148

When these grey bones are cast aside like gourds in autumn, what
pleasure will there be in
looking at them? 149

It is a city built of bones, and daubed with flesh and blood, in which
old age and death,
pride and hypocrisy are the inhabitants. 150

Even kings’ splendid carriages wear out, and the body is certain bound
to grow old, but
the Truth found by the saints is not subject to aging. That is what the
saints themselves
proclaim. 151

An ignorant man ages like an ox. His flesh may increase, but not his
understanding. 152

I have passed in ignorance through a cycle of many rebirths, seeking the
builder of the
house. Continuous rebirth is a painful thing. But now, housebuilder, I
have found you out.
You will not build me a house again. All your rafters are broken, your
ridge-pole
shattered. My mind is free from active thought, and has made an end of
craving. 153, 154

Those who have not lived the holy life, and have not acquired wealth in
their youth, grow
old like withered cranes beside a fishless pool. 155

Those who have not lived the holy life, and have not acquired wealth in
their youth, lie
like spent arrows, grieving for times past. 156

12. Self

Knowing that one is dear to oneself, one should guard oneself well. For
one out of the
three watches of the night a wise man should keep watch. 157

First he should establish himself in what is right. Then if he teaches
others, the wise man
will not be corrupted. 158

If one would only apply to oneself what one teaches others, when one was
well
disciplined oneself one could train others. It is oneself who is hard to
train. 159

One is one’s own guardian. What other guardian could one have? With
oneself well
disciplined one obtains a rare guardian indeed. 160

The evil he has done himself and which had its origin and being in
himself breaks a fool,
like a diamond breaks a precious stone. 161

A man of great immorality is like a creeper, suffocating the tree it is
on. He does to
himself just what an enemy would wish him. 162

Things which are wrong and to one’s own disadvantage are easily enough
done, while
what is both good and advantageous is extremely hard to do. 163

The fool, who out of attachment to a wrong view speaks ill of the
religion of the
enlightened and noble ones who live according to truth, brings forth
fruit to his own
downfall, like the offspring of the bamboo. 164

By oneself one does evil. By oneself one is defiled. By oneself one
abstains from evil. By
oneself one is purified. Purity and impurity are personal matters. No
one can purify
someone else. 165

One should not neglect one’s own welfare for that of someone else,
however great. When
one has understood what one’s own welfare really consists of, one should
apply oneself to
that welfare. 166

13. The World

Don’t practice an ignoble way of life, don’t indulge in a careless
attitude. Don’t follow a
wrong view, and don’t be attached to the world. 167

Wake up and don’t be careless, but lead a life of well-doing. He who
follows righteousness
lives happily in this world and the next. 168

Lead a life of righteousness, and not a life of wrong-doing. He who
follows righteousness
lives happily in this world and the next. 169

Look on the world as a bubble, look on it as a mirage. The King of Death
never finds him
who views the world like that. 170

Come, look at the world as a gilded royal carriage, in which fools get
bogged down, while
men of understanding have no attachment to it. 171

Even if previously careless, when a man later stops being careless, he
illuminates the
world, like the moon breaking away from a cloud. 172

When a man’s bad deeds are covered over by good ones, he illuminates the
world, like the
moon breaking away from a cloud. 173

Blinded indeed is this world. Few are those who see the truth. Like a
bird breaking out of
the net, few are those who go to heaven. 174

Wild swans take the path of the sun. Men with powers travel through
space, but the wise
step right out of the world, by conquering Mara and his host. 175

When a man has already violated one rule, when he is a liar and rejects
the idea of a
future world, there is no evil he is not capable of. 176

Miserly people certainly do not go to heaven. Fools for sure do not
praise generosity, but
the wise man who takes pleasure in giving is thereby happy hereafter.
177

Better than being sole king of the whole earth, better than going to
heaven or sovereignty
over the whole universe is the fruit of becoming a stream-winner. 178

14. Buddhas

He whose victory is not relost, and whose victory no-one in the world
can take away, that
Buddha, whose home is in the infinite, pathless as he is, by what path
will you lead him?
179

He who has no entrapping, clinging desire to lead him in any direction,
that Buddha,
whose home is in the infinite, pathless as he is, by what path will you
lead him? 180

Those wise men, who are much given to meditation and find pleasure in
the peace of a
spiritual way of life, even the devas envy them perfect Buddhas and
recollected as they
are. 181

A human birth is hard to achieve. Difficult is the life of mortals. To
hear the true teaching
is difficult, and the achievement of Buddhahood is difficult. 182

To abstain from all evil, the practice of good, and the thorough
purification of one’s
mind – this is the teaching of the Buddhas. 183

Long-suffering patience is the supreme ascetic practice. Nirvana is
supreme, say the
Buddhas. He is certainly not an ascetic who hurts others, and nor is he
a man of religion
who causes suffering to others. 184

Not to speak harshly and not to harm others, self restraint in
accordance with the rules of
the Order, moderation in food, a secluded dwelling, and the cultivation
of the higher levels
of consciousness – this is the teaching of the Buddhas. 185

There is no satisfying the senses, not even with a shower of money. “The
senses are of
slight pleasure and really suffering.” When a wise man has realised
this, he takes no
pleasure, as a disciple of the Buddhas, even in the pleasures of heaven.
Instead he takes
pleasure in the elimination of craving. 186, 187

Driven by fear, men take to many a refuge, in mountains, forests, parks,
sacred groves and
shrines, but these are not a secure kind of refuge. By taking to this
sort of refuge one is
not released from suffering. He who has gone to Buddha, Dhamma and
Sangha for refuge,
though, and who with true wisdom understands the Four Noble Truths of
Suffering, the
Origin of Suffering, the End of Suffering and the Noble Eightfold Path,
leading to the
Elimination of Suffering, this is a secure refuge, this is the ultimate
refuge; by taking to
this refuge one is indeed released from all suffering. 188, 189, 190,
191, 192

A truly thoroughbred man (a Buddha) is hard to find. He is not born
anywhere, but where
that seer is born, the people prosper. 193

Happy is the attainment of Buddhahood, happy the teaching of the true
Teaching, happy is
the concord of the Sangha, happy the training of those in concord. 194

When a man venerates those worthy of veneration, be they Buddhas or
their disciples, who
have transcended all obstacles and passed beyond sorrow and tears –
venerating such as
these, whose passions are extinguished and for whom there is no further
source for fear,
no one can calculate how great his merit is. 195, 196

15. Happiness

Happy indeed we live who are free from hatred among those who still
hate. In the midst
of hate-filled men, we live free from hatred. 197

Happy indeed we live who are free from disease among those still
diseased. In the midst
of diseased men, we live free from disease. 198

Happy indeed we live who are free from worry among those who are still
worried. In the
midst of worried men, we live free from worry. 199

Happy indeed we live who have nothing of our own. We shall feed on joy,
just like the
radiant devas. 200

A victor only breeds hatred, while a defeated man lives in misery, but a
man at peace
within lives happily, abandoning up ideas of victory and defeat. 201

There is no fire like desire. There is no weakness like anger. There is
no suffering like the
khandhas. There is no happiness greater than peace. 202

Hunger is the supreme disease. Mental activity is the supreme suffering.
When one has
grasped this as it really is, nirvana is the supreme happiness. 203

Health is the supreme possession. Contentment is the supreme wealth. A
trustworthy friend
is the supreme relation. Nirvana is the supreme happiness. 204

After enjoying the taste of solitude and the taste of peace, one is
freed from distress and
evil, as one enjoys the taste of spiritual joy. 205

It is good to meet with the saints. Living with them is always sweet. By
not meeting fools
one can be happy all the time. 206

A man who keeps company with a fool, will suffer for it a long time. It
is always painful
to live with fools, like with an enemy, but a wise man is good to live
with, like meeting
up with relatives. 207

Therefore, if he is a man of understanding and penetration, learned and
habitually moral,
devout and noble, one should cultivate the company of that just and wise
man, in the same
way as the moon keeps to a path among the stars. 208

16. Preference

He who applies himself to what is not really an appropriate subject for
application, and
fails to apply himself to what is, missing the real purpose to grasp
after what appeals to
him, may well envy the man who does apply himself. 209

Never have anything to do with likes and dislikes. The absence of what
one likes is
painful, as is the presence of what one dislikes. 210

Therefore don’t take a liking to anything. To lose what one likes is
hard, but there are no
bonds for those who have no likes and dislikes. 211

From preference arises sorrow, from preference arises fear, but he who
is freed from
preference has no sorrow and certainly no fear. 212

From affection arises sorrow, from affection arises fear, but he who is
freed from affection
has no sorrow and certainly no fear. 213

From pleasure arises sorrow, from pleasure arises fear, but he who is
freed from pleasure
has no sorrow and certainly no fear. 214

From sensuality arises sorrow, from sensuality arises fear, but he who
is freed from
sensuality has no sorrow and certainly no fear. 215

From craving arises sorrow, from craving arises fear, but he who is
freed from craving has
no sorrow and certainly no fear. 216

Well may people hold dear the man who is endowed with morality and
insight, who is
well established in righteousness, a seer of the truth, and applying
himself to his own
business. 217

He whose longing has been aroused for the indescribable, whose mind has
been quickened
by it, and whose thought is not attached to sensuality is truly called
one who is bound
upstream. 218

When a man who has been away a long time at last comes home safely from
far away, his
family, friends and acquaintances rejoice to see him back. In the same
way, when a man
who has done good goes from this world to the next, his good deeds
receive him like
relations welcoming a loved one back again. 219, 220

17. Anger

Abandon anger, give up pride, and overcome all fetters. Suffering does
nor befall him who
is without attachment to names and forms, and possesses nothing of his
own. 221

When a man governs his rising anger like a chariot going out of control,
that is what I call
a charioteer. The rest are just holding the reins. 222

Overcome anger with freedom from anger. Overcome evil with good.
Overcome meanness
with generosity, and overcome a liar with truthfulness. 223

Speak the truth, don’t get angry, and always give, even if only a
little, when you are
asked. By these three principles you can come into the company of the
devas. 224

Those sages who do harm to no-one, and who are always physically
restrained, go to the
everlasting abode, reaching which they will face no more suffering. 225

Inflowing thoughts come to an end in those who are ever alert of mind,
training
themselves night and day, and ever intent on nirvana. 226

It was so of old, Atula. It is not just so today. They criticise him who
sits in silence, they
criticise him who talks a lot. They even criticise him who speaks in
moderation. There is
not a man in the world who is not criticised. 227

There never has been, there never will be, and there is not now any man
exclusively
criticised or exclusively praised. 228

If a wise man of unblemished behaviour and endowed with wisdom, morality
and stillness
of mind, is praised by the discriminating after day in day out
acquaintance with him, like a
pure gold coin, then who is fit to find fault with him? Even the King of
the devas praises
him. 229, 230

Guard against physical unruliness. Be restrained in body. Abandoning
physical wrong
doing, lead a life of physical well doing. 231

Guard against mental unruliness. Be restrained in mind. Abandoning
mental wrong doing,
lead a life of mental well doing. 232

Guard against verbal unruliness. Be restrained in speech. Abandoning
verbal wrong doing,
lead a life of verbal well doing. 233

The wise who are restrained in body, speech and mind – such are the well
and truly
restrained. 234

18. Faults

You are now like a withered leaf. Death’s messengers themselves are in
your presence.
You are standing in the jaws of your departure, and provisions for the
road you have none.
235

In such a case, build yourself an island. Make the effort quickly and
become a wise man.
Cleansed of your faults and now without blemish, you will go to the
heavenly land of the
saints. 236

You are now at your life’s conclusion. You are in the presence of the
King of Death.
There is no stopping off place on the way, and provisions for the road
you have none. 237

In such a case, build yourself an island. Make the effort quickly and
become a wise man.
Cleansed of your faults and now without blemish, you will come no more
to birth and
aging. 238

Little by little, moment by moment, a wise man should cleanse himself of
blemishes, like
a smith purifying silver. 239

Just as the rust which develops on iron, derives from it but then
proceeds to eat it away,
so a person of unrestrained behaviour is drawn to hell by his own
actions. 240

Lack of repetition is the blight of scriptures. Lack of repairs is the
blight of buildings. The
blight of beauty is laziness, and carelessness is the blight of a guard.
241

The blight of a woman is misconduct. The blight of a giver is meanness.
Bad mental states
are indeed blights in this world and the next. 242

But the supreme bight, ignorance, is the blight of blights. Destroying
this blight, be free of
blights, bhikkhus. 243

Life is easy enough for the shameless, the crow-hero type of man,
offensive, swaggering,
impudent and depraved. But it is hard for the man of conscience, always
striving after
purity, alert, reserved, pure of behaviour and discerning. 244, 245

When a man takes life, tells lies, takes what he is not entitled to in
the world, resorts to
other men’s wives and indulges in drinking wine and spirits – such a man
is digging up his
own roots here and now in this world. 246, 247

So understand this, my man – Unrestrained men are evil. Don’t let greed
and wrong doing
subject you to lasting suffering. 248

People give according to their faith, or as they feel well disposed. If
one is put out for that
reason with other people’s food and drink, then one will not achieve
stillness of mind in
meditation, day or night. But he who has destroyed that sort of
reaction, has rooted it out
and done away with it – he will achieve stillness of mind in meditation,
day and night.
249, 250

There is no fire like desire. There is no hold like anger. There is no
net like ignorance.
There is no river like craving. 251

Other people’s faults are easily seen. One can winnow out other people’s
faults like chaff.
One hides one’s own faults though, like a dishonest gambler hides an
unlucky throw. 252

When one notices the mistakes of others and is always finding fault with
them, the inflow
of one’s thoughts just increases and one is a long way from the
cessation of this influx.
253

Just as there is no path in the sky, there is no man of religion
outside. Other people take
pleasure in multiplicity, but the Buddhas are free from it. 254

Just as there is no path in the sky, there is no man of religion
outside. There are no lasting
functions of the mind, but there is no oscillation of mind for the
Buddhas. 255

19. The Righteous

One is not righteous if one decides a case without due consideration,
but the wise man
who takes into account both for and against, and comes to his decision
about others with
due consideration – such a man of discrimination who keeps to the truth,
he is to be called
righteous. 256, 257

One is not a learned man by virtue of much speaking. He who is patient,
without anger
and fearless, he is to be called learned. 258

One is not a bearer of the teaching by virtue of much speaking, but he
who, even if he has
only studied a little, has experienced the truth in person, he is indeed
a bearer of the
teaching, who has not forgotten the teaching. 259

One is not an elder by virtue of having white hair. One is just advanced
in years, and
called “grown old in vain”. He in whom there is truthfulness, non
violence, restraint and
self control, however – that wise and faultless sage is to be called an
elder. 260, 261

It is not just by fine speech or by flower-like beauty that one is
admirable, if one is
envious, mean and deceitful, but when that sort of behaviour has been
eliminated, rooted
out and destroyed, that faultless sage is said to be admirable. 262, 263

A shaven head does not make one a man of religion, if one is irreligious
and untruthful.
How could a man full of desires and greed be a man of religion? But when
a man has put
aside all evil deeds, both great and small, by that putting away of evil
deeds he is indeed
called a man of religion. 264, 265

One is not a bhikkhu by virtue of taking alms from others. By taking up
any old teaching,
one is not a bhikkhu on that account. But he who has here and now
ejected both good and
evil, and in leading the holy life lives in accordance with reason – he
is indeed called a
bhikkhu. 266, 267

Silence does not make a sage if he is stupid and ignorant, but when a
man avoids evil as
if he were choosing something of value on the scales – he is a sage.
That indeed makes
him a sage. He who discriminates in both worlds is for that reason
called a sage. 268, 269

One is not noble if one harms other living creatures. It is by non
violence to all forms of
life that one is called noble. 270

It is not just by means of morality and religious observances, not by
great learning nor by
attainments in meditation, nor by living alone, nor by thinking,”I am
enjoying a spiritual
happiness which ordinary people do not know” that a bhikkhu achieves
peace if he has not
achieved the elimination of inflowing thoughts. 271, 272

20. The Way

Of paths the Eightfold one is best, and of truths the Fourfold.
Dispassion is the best of
mental states, and of human beings the best is the seer. 273

This indeed is the Way – there is no other – for the purification of
one’s vision. Follow
this way. It leads to Mara’s confusion. 274

Following this Path you will put an end to suffering. I have taught you
the Way after
realising the removal of the arrow myself. 275

Making the effort is your affair. The Buddhas have pointed out the Way.
Those who are
on the way and practising meditation will be freed from Mara’s bonds.
276

All processes are impermanent. When one sees this with understanding,
then one is
disillusioned with the things of suffering. This is the Path of
Purification. 277

All processes are painful. When one sees this with understanding, then
one is disillusioned
with the things of suffering. This is the Path of Purification. 278

All processes are out of my control. When one sees this with
understanding, then one is
disillusioned with the things of suffering. This is the Path of
Purification. 279

Since he will not exert himself at the time for exertion, and although
young and strong is
full of indolence and irresolution and idleness, the lazy man is
incapable of recognising
the way of wisdom. 280

Be guarded in speech, restrained of mind and not doing anything wrong
physically. Perfect
these three forms of action, and fulfil the way taught by the sages. 281

From meditation springs wisdom. From lack of meditation, loss of wisdom.
Recognising
these alternative roads of progress and decline, one should so direct
oneself so that one’s
wisdom will increase. 282

Cut down the forest, not just a tree. Out of the forest of desire
springs danger. By cutting
down both the forest of desire and the brushwood of longing, be rid of
the forest (pun on
the word “nirvana”), bhikkhus. 283

So long as the least desire of a man for women has not been eradicated,
he is fettered in
mind, like a sucking calf to its mother. 284

Pluck out your desire, like one does an autumn lotus with one’s hand.
Devote yourself to
the path of peace, the nirvana proclaimed by the Blessed One. 285

“Here I will spend the rainy season, and here the hot season.” This is
the way a fool
thinks. It does not occur to him what may happen in between. 286

Death comes and snatches away the man infatuated with children and
livestock, while his
mind is still full of desire, like a great flood sweeping away a
sleeping village. 287

There are no children to take refuge in then, no father or any other
relative. When a man
is seized by that terminator, Death, there is no taking refuge in
family. 288

When he has seen the implications of this, a wise man, restrained by
morality, should
quickly develop the path leading to nirvana. 289

21. Miscellaneous

If he sees that by sacrificing a slight happiness he can obtain a
greater happiness, then a
wise man should sacrifice the lesser happiness with a view to the
greater happiness. 290

He who seeks his own happiness by inflicting suffering on others, does
not reach freedom
from hatred, caught as he is in the toils of hatred. 291

What IS their affair is put aside. What is NOT their affair gets done.
The inflow of
thoughts in such brazen and careless people just goes on increasing.
They whose
recollection of the body is always well established, however, have
nothing to do with what
is not their affair, always persevering in what IS their affair. The
inflow of thoughts in
such recollected and aware people simply dies away. 292, 293

After killing mother (desire), father (“I am” conceit) and two warrior
kings, and destroying
the kingdom along with its subjects, the brahmin goes on his way
unperturbed. 294

After killing mother, father and two priestly kings, and killed a tiger
as his fifth victim,
the brahmin goes on his way unperturbed. 295

A good awakening have ever Gotama’s disciples, whose recollection is
always established,
day and night on the Buddha. 296

A good awakening have ever Gotama’s disciples, whose recollection is
always established,
day and night on the Teaching. 297

A good awakening have ever Gotama’s disciples, whose recollection is
always established,
day and night on the Order. 298

A good awakening have ever Gotama’s disciples, whose recollection is
always established,
day and night on the body. 299

A good awakening have ever Gotama’s disciples, whose minds are always
rejoicing in non
violence. 300

A good awakening have ever Gotama’s disciples, whose minds are always
rejoicing in the
practice of meditation. 301

It is hard to take up a life of renunciation, and difficult to find
satisfaction in it, but it is
also difficult to live in bad households, and painful to live with
people unlike oneself,
when one is forever tangled in suffering and restless. Therefore don’t
always be restless,
and don’t let yourself be tangled in suffering. 302

When a man has faith, is endowed with virtue, and possessed of fame and
wealth,
wherever he lives he will be honoured. 303

The good are conspicuous a long way off, like a Himalayan peak, while
the bad are just
not noticed, like arrows shot into the dark. 304

Living alone, sleeping alone, travelling alone, and resolute, alone and
self disciplined,
should take pleasure in living in the forest. 305

22. Hell

He who speaks untruth goes to hell, as does he who, having done
something, says, “I
didn’t do it.” Men of ignoble behaviour, they both end up the same in
the next world. 306

Many of those dressed in the yellow robe are evil and unrestrained, and
the evil end up in
hell because of their evil deeds. 307

It is better to swallow a red-hot, flaming iron ball than for an
unrestrained and immoral
person to eat the alms food of the land. 308

The thoughtless man who consorts with another man’s wife encounters four
things –
accumulation of demerit, disturbed sleep, thirdly disgrace, and hell
fourth. 309

Accumulation of demerit, a bad rebirth and the slight pleasure of a
frightened man and a
frightened woman – while the authorities impose a severe penalty too.
Therefore a man
should not consort with another man’s wife. 310

In the same way that a wrongly handled blade of grass will cut one’s
hand, so a badly
fulfilled life in religion will drag one down to hell. 311

Lax behaviour, broken observances and dubious chastity – these are on no
great benefit.
312

If it ought to be done, then do it; apply yourself to it strenuously. A
lax man of religion
just spreads even more dust. 313

A bad action is best left undone. One is punished later for a bad
action. But a good deed
is best done, for which one will not be punished for doing it. 314

Guard yourself like a frontier town, guarded inside and out. Don’t let a
moment slip you
by. Those who have missed their opportunity grieve for it when they end
up in hell. 315

Ashamed of what is not a matter for shame, and not ashamed of what is,
by holding to
wrong views people go to a bad rebirth. 316

Seeing danger where there is no danger, and not seeing danger where
there is, by holding
to wrong views people go to a bad rebirth. 317

Seeing a fault in what is not a fault, and not seeing a fault in what
is, by holding to wrong
views people go to a bad rebirth. 318

Recognising a fault as a fault, and what is not a fault as not one, by
holding to right views
people go to a good rebirth. 319

23. The Elephant

I will bear criticism like an elephant in battle bears an arrow from a
bow. Most people are
bad behaviour. 320

One can take a trained elephant even into a crowd. The king himself will
ride a trained
elephant. He who is disciplined is the best of men, since he can bear
criticism. 321

Trained mules are excellent, and so are thoroughbred horses from the
Sindh, and so are
great battle elephants, but more excellent than them all is a
disciplined man. 322

There is no reaching the unattainable with mounts like these, but with
himself well under
control a disciplined man can get there. 323

Dhammapalo, the elephant, is hard to control in rut. Even when tied up,
he refuses his
food. The great tusker is thinking of the elephant forest. 324

When a man is a lie-abed and over-eats, a lazy person who wallows in
sleep like a great
over-fed hog, a fool like that will be reborn time after time. 325

My mind used formerly to go off wandering wherever it felt like,
following its own
inclination, but today I shall control it carefully, like a mahout does
a rutting elephant. 326

Take pleasure in being careful. Guard your mind well. Extricate yourself
from the mire,
like a great tusker sunk in the mud. 327

If you find an intelligent companion, a wise and well-behaved person
going the same way
as yourself, then go along with him, overcoming all dangers, pleased at
heart and mindful.
328

But if you do not find an intelligent companion, a wise and well-behaved
person going the
same way as yourself, then go on your way alone, like a king abandoning
a conquered
kingdom, or like a great elephant in the deep forest. 329

It is better to travel alone. There is no companionship with a fool. Go
on your way alone
and commit no evil, without cares like a great elephant in the deep
forest. 330

It is good to have companions when occasion arises, and it is good to be
contented with
whatever comes. Merit is good at the close of life, and the elimination
of all suffering is
good. 331

Good is filial devotion to one’s mother in the world, and devotion to
one’s father is good.
It is good to be a sanyasi in the world and to be a brahmin too. 332

Good is good behaviour up to old age, good is firmly established faith,
good is the
acquisition of understanding, and abstention from evil is good. 333

24. Craving

The desire of a thoughtlessly living man grows like a creeper. He drifts
from one life to
another like a monkey looking for fruit in the forest. 334

When one is overcome by this wretched, clinging desire in the world,
one’s sorrows
increase like grass growing up after a lot of rain. 335

But when one masters this wretched desire, which is so hard to overcome,
then one’s
sorrows just drop off, like a drop of water off a lotus. 336

This is what I say to you – Good luck be with you, gathered here. Dig up
the root of
craving, as one does a weed for its fragrant root. Don’t let Mara
destroy you again and
again, like a stream does its reeds. 337

In the same way that even a felled tree will grow again if its root is
strong and
undamaged, so if latent desire has not been rooted out, then suffering
shoots up again and
again. 338

When the thirty six pleasure-bound streams of craving are strong in a
man, then numerous
desire-based thoughts pull the deluded man along. 339

The streams (of craving) flow everywhere, and the creeper hoots up and
establishes itself,
so when you see the creeper shooting up, cut away its root with your
understanding. 340

The recollection and attraction of pleasures occur to a man, and those
who are attached to
the agreeable and seeking enjoyment, they are the people subject to
birth and aging. 341

People beset by desire run here and there, like a snared rabbit, and
those trapped in the
bonds of attachments keep returning for a long time to suffering. 342

People beset by desire run here and there, like a snared rabbit, so one
should get rid of
one’s craving if it is freedom from desire that one wants. 343

When a man out of the forest of desire is drawn back into the forest,
then free from the
forest as he is, he runs back into it. Look at him – free, he is running
back to chains. 344

The wise say that it is not an iron, wooden or fibre fetter which is a
strong one, but the
besotted hankering after trinkets, children and wives, that, say the
wise, is the strong fetter.
It drags one down, and loose as it feels, it is hard to break. Breaking
this fetter, people
renounce the world, free from longing and abandoning sensuality. 345,
346

Those on fire with desire follow the stream of their desires, like a
spider follows the
strands of its self-made web. Breaking the bond, the wise walk on free
from longing, and
leaving all suffering behind. 347

Let go the past, let go the future, and let go what is in between,
transcending the things of
time. With your mind free in every direction, you will not return to
birth and aging. 348

When a man is stimulated by his own thoughts, full of desire and
dwelling on what is
attractive, his craving increases even more. He is making the fetter
even stronger. But he
who takes pleasure in stilling his thoughts, practising the
contemplation of what is
repulsive, and remaining recollected, now he will make an end of
craving, he will snap the
bonds of Mara. His aim is accomplished, he is without fear, rid of
craving and without
stain. He has removed the arrows of changing existence. This is his last
body. 349, 350,
351

Rid of craving and without clinging, an expert in the study of texts,
and understanding the
right sequence of the words, he may indeed be called “In his last body”,
“Great in
wisdom” and a “Great man”. 352

All-conquering and all-knowing am I. Amidst all states of mind,
unaffected am I. By
abandoning everything, I am liberated by the cessation of desire. Having
achieved
Realisation by myself, who should I point to as my teacher? 353

The gift of the Truth beats all other gifts. The flavour of the Truth
beats all other tastes.
The joy of the Truth beats all other joys, and the cessation of desire
conquers all suffering.
354

Riches destroy a fool, but not those who are seeking the other shore.
The fool destroys
himself by his craving for riches, as he destroys others too. 355

Weeds are the blight of fields. Desire is the blight of mankind.
Consequently offerings to
those free from desire are of great fruit. 356

Weeds are the blight of fields. Anger is the blight of mankind.
Consequently offerings to
those free from anger are of great fruit. 357

Weeds are the blight of fields. Delusion is the blight of mankind.
Consequently offerings
to those free from delusion are of great fruit. 358

Weeds are the blight of fields. Self-seeking is the blight of mankind.
Consequently
offerings to those free from self-seeking are of great fruit. 359

25. The bhikkhu

Restraint of the eyes is good. So is restraint of the ears. Restraint of
the nose is good, and
so is restraint of the palate. 360

Restraint of the body is good. So is restraint of speech. Restraint of
mind is good, and so
is restraint in everything. The bhikkhu who is restrained in everything,
is freed from all
suffering. 361

Restrained of hand, restrained of foot, restrained of speech and
restrained in his highest
faculty, with his joy turned inwards, his mind still, alone and
contented – that is what they
call a bhikkhu. 362

When a bhikkhu is restrained of tongue, quotes wise sayings, and is
peaceful, expounding
both letter and spirit – his speech is good to hear. 363

With joy in the Teaching, delighting in the Teaching, and pondering over
the Teaching,
the bhikkhu who remembers the Teaching does not fall away from the
Teaching. 364

One should not underestimate what one has got, and one should not live
envying others. A
bhikkhu who envies others does not achieve stillness of mind in
meditation. 365

Even if he has only received a little, if a bhikkhu does not look down
on what he has
received, even the devas praise him, pure of life and determined as he
is. 366

When a man is without self-identification with any object or idea, and
does not grieve for
what does not exist – that is what is called a bhikkhu. 367

The bhikkhu who lives full of goodwill, with faith in the religion of
the Buddha – he will
reach the place of peace, the satisfaction of stilling the functions of
the mind. 368

Empty the boat, bhikkhu. Empty it will sail lightly for you. When you
have cut away
desire and aversion, you will come to nirvana as a result. 369

Cut away the five (lower fetters), abandon the five (remaining fetters),
and then develop
the five (faculties). The bhikkhu who has transcended the five fetters
is said to be “crossed
over the flood”. 370

Meditate, bhikkhu, don’t be careless, don’t let your mind take pleasure
in the senses. Don’t
have to swallow the iron ball for being careless. Don’t have to cry out,
“This is terrible” as
you burn. 371

There is no meditation without wisdom, and there is no wisdom without
meditation. When
a man has both meditation and wisdom, he is indeed close to nirvana. 372

When he has gone off to a lonely building, the bhikkhu whose mind is at
peace
experiences a more than human joy, when he recognises the supreme Truth.
373

Whenever he meditates on the rise and fall of the constituent elements
of existence, he
experiences joy and rapture. It is immortality for men of
discrimination. 374

Therefore in this religion, this is what comes first for a wise bhikkhu
– guarding of the
senses, contentment, and discipline in accordance with the rules of the
Order. He should
cultivate friends of good character, of pure behaviour and resolute. He
should be friendly
in his manner, and well-behaved. As a result he will experience great
joy, and put an end
to suffering. 375, 376

In the same way that the jasmine drops its withered flowers, you too
should discard desire
and aversion, bhikkhus. 377

Peaceful of body, peaceful of speech and with his mind thoroughly
stilled, the bhikkhu
who has rid himself of attachment to the world – is called “at peace”.
378

You should encourage yourself, yourself. You should restrain yourself,
yourself. When you
are self-protected like that, you will live happily as a bhikkhu. 379

One is one’s own guard. What other guard could one have? One is one’s
own destiny.
Therefore one should train oneself, like a merchant does a thoroughbred
horse. 380

The bhikkhu who experiences great joy, and has faith in the religion of
the Buddha, will
attain the place of peace, the satisfaction of stilling the functions of
the mind. 381

When a bhikkhu applies himself when still young to the religion of the
Buddha, he
illuminates the world, like the moon breaking breaking away from a
cloud. 382

26. The brahmin

Cut the stream and go across, abandon sensuality, brahmin. When you have
achieved the
stilling of the activities of the mind, you will know the unconditioned,
brahmin. 383

When a brahmin has crossed beyond duality, then all the fetters of such
a seer come to an
end. 384

When a man knows no this shore, other shore, or both – such a one, free
from anxiety,
liberated, that is what I call a brahmin. 385

Meditating, free from stain, settled in mind, with job accomplished,
without inflowing
thoughts, and having achieved the supreme purpose – that is what I call
a brahmin. 386

By day it is the sun which shines, at night the moon shines forth. A
warrior shines in his
armour, and a brahmin shines in meditation. But at all times, by day and
by night, the
Buddha shines in his glory. 387

A brahmin is called so by breaking with evil deeds. It is by pious
behaviour that a man is
called a man of religion, and by casting out blemishes one is called one
gone forth. 388

One should not strike a brahmin, and nor should a brahmin lose his
temper. Shame on him
who strikes a brahmin, and shame on him who loses his temper because of
it. 389

Nothing is better in a brahmin than this – that he restrains his mind
from pleasurable
things. Suffering disappears for him to the same extent that he gets rid
of thoughts of
harming anyone. 390

He who does no wrong with body, speech or mind, but is restrained in all
three spheres –
that is what I call a brahmin. 391

One should reverently pay homage to the man from whom one has learned
the Truth,
taught by the True Buddha, like a brahmin does to the sacrificial fire.
392

One is not a brahmin by virtue of matted hair, lineage or caste. When a
man possesses
both Truth and truthfulness, then he is pure, then he is a brahmin. 393

What use is your matted hair, you fool? What use is your antelope skin?
You are tangled
inside, and you are just making the outside pretty. 394

The man who wears robes made from rags off the dust heap, who is gaunt,
with his
sinews standing out all over his body, alone meditating in the forest –
that is what I call a
brahmin. 395

I do not call him a brahmin who is so by natural birth from his mother.
He is just a
supercilious person if he still has possessions of his own. He who owns
nothing of his
own, and is without attachment – that is what I call a brahmin. 396

He who, having cut off all fetters, does not get himself upset, but is
beyond bonds – that
liberated man is what I call a brahmin. 397

He who has cut off both bond and strap, halter as well as bridle, who
has removed the
barrier, himself a Buddha – that is what I call a brahmin. 398

He who endures undisturbed criticism, ill-treatment and bonds, strong in
patience, and that
strength his power – that is what I call a brahmin. 399

Without anger, devout, upright, free from craving, disciplined and in
his last body – that is
what I call a brahmin. 400

Like water on a lotus leaf, like a mustard seed on the point of an pin,
he who is not stuck
to the senses – that is what I call a brahmin. 401

He who has experienced the end of his suffering here in this life, who
has set down the
burden, freed! – that is what I call a brahmin. 402

The sage of profound wisdom, the expert in the right and wrong road, he
who has
achieved the supreme purpose – that is what I call a brahmin. 403

Not intimate with laity or monks, wandering about with no abode, and few
needs – that is
what I call a brahmin. 404

Abandoning violence to all living creatures moving or still, he who
neither kills or causes
killing – that is what I call a brahmin. 405

Unagitated amongst the agitated, at peace among the violent, without
clinging among
those who cling – that is what I call a brahmin. 406

He from whom desire and aversion, conceit and hypocrisy have fallen
away, like a
mustard seed on the point of a pin – that is what I call a brahmin. 407

He who utters only gentle, instructive and truthful speech, criticising
no-one – that is what
I call a brahmin. 408

He who takes nothing in the world that has not been given him, long or
short, big or
small, attractive or that is what I call a brahmin. 409

He who has no desires in this world or the next, without longings,
freed! – that is what I
call a brahmin. 410

He who has no attachments and has been freed from uncertainty by
realisation, who has
plunged into the deathless – that is what I call a brahmin. 411

He who has even here and now transcended the fetter of both good and
evil, who is
sorrowless, faultless and pure – that is what I call a brahmin. 412

The man who is stainless, pure, clear and free from impurities like the
moon, the search
for pleasure extinguished – that is what I call a brahmin. 413

He who has transcended the treacherous mire of samsara and ignorance,
who has crossed
over, reached the other shore, meditating, motionless of mind, free from
uncertainty, and
who is at peace by not clinging to anything – that is what I call a
brahmin. 414

He who by here and now abandoning sensuality, has gone forth a homeless
wanderer, the
search for pleasure extinguished – that is what I call a brahmin. 415

He who by here and now abandoning craving, has gone forth a homeless
wanderer, the
search for pleasure extinguished – that is what I call a brahmin. 416

He who has abandoned human bonds, and transcended those of heaven,
liberated from all
bonds – that is what I call a brahmin. 417

He who has abandoned pleasure and displeasure, is cooled off and without
further fuel, the
hero who has conquered all worlds – that is what I call a brahmin. 418

He who has seen the passing away and rebirth of all beings, free of
clinging, blessed,
awakened – that is what I call a brahmin. 419

He whose path devas, spirits and men cannot know, whose inflowing
thoughts are ended,
a saint – that is what I call a brahmin. 420

He who has nothing of his own, before, after or in between,
possessionless and without
attachment – that is what I call a brahmin. 421

Bull-like, noble, a hero, a great sage, and a conqueror, he who is
motionless of mind,
washed clean and awakened – that is what I call a brahmin. 422

He who has known his former lives and can see heaven and hell
themselves, while he has
attained the extinction of rebirth, a seer, master of transcendent
knowledge, and master of
all masteries – that is what I call a brahmin. 423

The End.

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Translation by John Richards

Presented to the public domain 28.5.94

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