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Dhammapada
17 Kodha Vagga
Anger (221-234)

Kodhaṃ jahe vippajaheyya mānaṃ,
Saṃyojanaṃ sabba­matik­ka­meyya;
Taṃ nāmarūpas­mi­masajja­mānaṃ,
Akiñcanaṃ nānupatanti dukkhā.

221. Give up anger, give up conceit, and overcome all bonds of existence. There is no suffering for an enlightened one who does not cling to mentality and materiality.

Yo ve uppatitaṃ kodhaṃ,
rathaṃ bhantaṃva vāraye;
Tamahaṃ sārathiṃ brūmi,
rasmiggāho itaro jano.

222. The one who keeps anger in check as it arises, as a charioteer controls a speeding chariot, him I call a true charioteer. Others are merely rein holders.

Akkodhena jine kodhaṃ,
asādhuṃ sādhunā jine;
Jine kadariyaṃ dānena,
sacce­nālika­vā­dinaṃ.

223. Conquer anger with non-anger, conquer wickedness with goodness, conquer stinginess with giving and conquer a liar with truth.

Saccaṃ bhaṇe na kujjheyya,
dajjā appampi yācito;
Etehi tīhi ṭhānehi,
gacche devāna santike.

224. Speak the truth; do not get angry; and when asked, give even if you have only a little. By these three actions one can reach the presence of the gods.

Ahiṃsakā ye munayo,
niccaṃ kāyena saṃvutā;
Te yanti accutaṃ ṭhānaṃ,
yattha gantvā na socare.

225. The sages are harmless, they are ever restrained in body, and they go to the deathless state, Nibbāna, where having gone, they do not sorrow.

Sadā jāgaramānānaṃ,
ahorat­tā­nu­sikkhi­naṃ;
Nibbānaṃ adhimuttānaṃ,
atthaṃ gacchanti āsavā.

226. Those who practice the Dhamma constantly day and night, devoted to meditation, and are always focused on Nibbāna—their impurities fade away.

Porāṇametaṃ atula,
netaṃ ajjatanāmiva;
Nindanti tuṇhimāsīnaṃ,
nindanti bahubhāṇinaṃ;
Mitabhāṇimpi nindanti,
natthi loke anindito.

227. Ancient is this situation, oh Atula, it is not just true today: people criticize one sitting silently, they criticize one speaking much, and they criticize one speaking moderately. There is no one in the world who is not criticized.

Na cāhu na ca bhavissati,
na cetarahi vijjati;
Ekantaṃ nindito poso,
ekantaṃ vā pasaṃsito.

228. No person can be found who has been, is, or will be only criticized or only praised.

Yañce viññū pasaṃsanti,
anuvicca suve suve;
Acchiddavuttiṃ medhāviṃ,
paññā­sī­lasamā­hitaṃ.

229. When a wise person praises somebody, he does so after carefully observing that person’s flawless character, wisdom, virtue, and stillness of mind.

Nikkhaṃ jambonadasseva,
ko taṃ nindi­tu­marahati;
Devāpi naṃ pasaṃsanti,
brahmunāpi pasaṃsito.

230. Who can criticize one who is as worthy as a coin made of the finest gold? Such a person is praised even by the gods, even by Brahma.

Kāyappakopaṃ rakkheyya,
kāyena saṃvuto siyā;
Kāyaduccaritaṃ hitvā,
kāyena sucaritaṃ care.

231. Guard against anger erupting in your body; be restrained with your body. Abandoning bodily misconduct, practice good conduct with your body.

Vacīpakopaṃ rakkheyya,
vācāya saṃvuto siyā;
Vacīduccaritaṃ hitvā,
vācāya sucaritaṃ care.

232. Guard against anger erupting in your speech; be restrained with your speech. Abandoning verbal misconduct, practice good conduct with your speech.

Manopakopaṃ rakkheyya,
manasā saṃvuto siyā;
Manoduccaritaṃ hitvā,
manasā sucaritaṃ care.

233. Guard against anger erupting in your mind; be restrained with your mind. Abandoning mental misconduct, practice good conduct with your mind.

Kāyena saṃvutā dhīrā,
atho vācāya saṃvutā;
Manasā saṃvutā dhīrā,
te ve suparisaṃvutā.

234. The wise are restrained in body, restrained in speech, and restrained in mind. They are fully restrained.

Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!

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