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Dhammapada
13 Loka Vagga
The World (167-178)

Hīnaṃ dhammaṃ na seveyya,
pamādena na saṃvase;
Micchādiṭṭhiṃ na seveyya,
na siyā lokavaḍḍhano.

167. Do not chase after sense pleasures; they are inferior in the world. Do not live with negligence. Do not follow a wrong view. Do not prolong the journey of rebirths.

Uttiṭṭhe nappamajjeyya,
dhammaṃ sucaritaṃ care;
Dhammacārī sukhaṃ seti,
asmiṃ loke paramhi ca.

168. Do not be negligent! Rouse yourself! Practice the Dhamma, living a life of good conduct. The Dhamma practitioner lives happily, both in this world and the next.

Dhammaṃ care sucaritaṃ,
na naṃ duccaritaṃ care;
Dhammacārī sukhaṃ seti,
asmiṃ loke paramhi ca.

169. Practice the Dhamma, living a life of good conduct. Do not live a life of bad conduct. The Dhamma practitioner lives happily, both in this world and the next.

Yathā pubbuḷakaṃ passe,
yathā passe marīcikaṃ;
Evaṃ lokaṃ avekkhantaṃ,
maccurājā na passati.

170. If one sees the world as a water bubble that is subject to destruction, and as a mirage that will soon disappear, one will not be seen by Māra.

Etha passathimaṃ lokaṃ,
cittaṃ rājarathūpamaṃ;
Yattha bālā visīdanti,
natthi saṅgo vijānataṃ.

171. Come, look at the true nature of this world, which is like a decorated royal chariot. Fools flounder in this world, but the wise have no attachment to this world.

Yo ca pubbe pamajjitvā,
pacchā so nappamajjati;
Somaṃ lokaṃ pabhāseti,
abbhā muttova candimā.

172. Whoever was negligent before but later does no evil, illuminates this world like the moon freed from clouds.

Yassa pāpaṃ kataṃ kammaṃ,
kusalena pidhīyati;
Somaṃ lokaṃ pabhāseti,
abbhā muttova candimā.

173. Whoever covers the evil he has done with wholesome deeds, illuminates this world like the moon freed from clouds.

Andhabhūto ayaṃ loko,
tanukettha vipassati;
Sakuṇo jālamuttova,
appo saggāya gacchati.

174. All beings in this world are blinded by the darkness of ignorance. Only a few see the true nature. As only a few birds escape from the net of the bird hunter, few beings go to heaven.

Haṃ­sādicca­pathe yanti,
ākāse yanti iddhiyā;
Nīyanti dhīrā lokamhā,
jetvā māraṃ savāhiniṃ.

175. Swans fly in the sky. Liberated ones with psychic powers travel through the air. Having conquered Māra and his army, those wise sages are led away from the world.

Ekaṃ dhammaṃ atītassa,
musāvādissa jantuno;
Vitiṇ­ṇa­para­lokassa,
natthi pāpaṃ akāriyaṃ.

176. A liar who violates the one law of truthfulness, rejects the existence after death. Therefore, there is no evil that he cannot do.

Na ve kadariyā devalokaṃ vajanti,
Bālā have nappasaṃsanti dānaṃ;
Dhīro ca dānaṃ anumodamāno,
Teneva so hoti sukhī parattha.

177. Truly, misers never go to heaven. Fools, indeed, never praise generosity. But the wise rejoice in generosity, and so find happiness hereafter.

Pathabyā ekarajjena,
saggassa gamanena vā;
Sabba­lo­kādhipac­cena,
sotā­patti­phalaṃ varaṃ.

178. Better than sole dominance over the earth, going to heaven, or lordship over all the worlds is the fruit of stream entry.

Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!

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