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Dhammapada
18 Mala Vagga
Stain (235-255)

Paṇḍupalāsova dānisi,
Yamapurisāpi ca te upaṭṭhitā;
Uyyogamukhe ca tiṭṭhasi,
Pātheyyampi ca te na vijjati.

235. Your life is now like a yellowed, withered leaf. The wardens of hell are standing by. You have reached death’s door of downfall. Yet, it seems that you have made no merit as provision for your journey!

So karohi dīpamattano,
Khippaṃ vāyama paṇḍito bhava;
Niddhantamalo anaṅgaṇo,
Dibbaṃ ariyabhūmiṃ upehisi.

236. Make an island for yourself. Be quick in making effort and become a wise person. Remove the stain of defilements and become undefiled. Enter the divine realm of the noble ones.

Upanītavayo ca dānisi,
Sampayātosi yamassa santikaṃ;
Vāso te natthi antarā,
Pātheyyampi ca te na vijjati.

237. You are now at the end of your life. You are headed to the presence of the King of Hell. You have not got much time to live. Yet it seems that you have made no merit as provision for your journey!

So karohi dīpamattano,
Khippaṃ vāyama paṇḍito bhava;
Niddhantamalo anaṅgaṇo,
Na punaṃ jātijaraṃ upehisi.

238. Make an island for yourself. Be quick in making effort and become a wise person. Remove stain of defilements and become undefiled. You must not come back again to this world of birth and decay.

Anupubbena medhāvī,
thokaṃ thokaṃ khaṇe khaṇe;
Kammāro rajatasseva,
niddhame malamattano.

239. The wise person, gradually, bit by bit, moment by moment, must cleanse his mind of the stain of defilements as a gold smith cleanses gold by removing stains.

Ayasāva malaṃ samuṭṭhitaṃ,
Tatuṭṭhāya tameva khādati;
Evaṃ ati­dhona­cāri­naṃ,
Sāni kammāni nayanti duggatiṃ.

240. As rust born from iron eats away the very iron that formed it, so does the reckless behaviour of a monk leads him to the plain of misery.

Asajjhāyamalā mantā,
anuṭṭhānamalā gharā;
Malaṃ vaṇṇassa kosajjaṃ,
pamādo rakkhato malaṃ.

241. Oral teachings become stained when not recited frequently, homes become stained by inactivity, laziness stains physical beauty, and negligence stains the guardian.

Malitthiyā duccaritaṃ,
maccheraṃ dadato malaṃ;
Malā ve pāpakā dhammā,
asmiṃ loke paramhi ca.

242. Misbehaviour is a stain in a woman. Stinginess is a stain in a giver. Stains, indeed, are all evil things, both in this world and the next.

Tato malā malataraṃ,
avijjā paramaṃ malaṃ;
Etaṃ malaṃ pahantvāna,
nimmalā hotha bhikkhavo.

243. Ignorance is the greatest stain among all stains. Having removed this stain, monks become stainless!

Sujīvaṃ ahirikena,
kākasūrena dhaṃsinā;
Pakkhandinā pagabbhena,
saṅkiliṭṭhena jīvitaṃ.

244. Easy is life for someone without shame of wrongdoing, who is bold as a crow, ungrateful, arrogant, and corrupt.

Hirīmatā ca dujjīvaṃ,
niccaṃ sucigavesinā;
Alīne­nāppa­gab­bhena,
suddhājīvena passatā.

245. Difficult is life for someone who has shame of wrongdoing, who is always searching for purity, innocent, cautious, and values righteous living.

Yo pāṇamatipāteti,
musāvādañca bhāsati;
Loke adinnamādiyati,
paradārañca gacchati.
Surā­meraya­pānañca,
yo naro anuyuñjati;
Idheva meso lokasmiṃ,
mūlaṃ khaṇati attano.

246-247. One who kills beings, lies, steals, goes to another man’s wife, and drinks intoxicants—such a man digs up his own grave here in this world.

Evaṃ bho purisa jānāhi,
pāpadhammā asaññatā;
Mā taṃ lobho adhammo ca,
ciraṃ dukkhāya randhayuṃ.

248. Good man, know this: evil destroys one’s restraint. Do not let greed and wickedness drag you to the plain of misery, where you will suffer for a long time.

Dadāti ve yathāsaddhaṃ,
yathāpasādanaṃ jano;
Tattha yo ca maṅku bhavati,
paresaṃ pānabhojane;
Na so divā vā rattiṃ vā,
samā­dhi­madhi­gacchati.

249. People give according to their faith and confident mind. This being the case, if one becomes discontented with the food and drink given by others, one cannot attain stillness of mind, either by day or by night.

Yassa cetaṃ samucchinnaṃ,
mūlaghaccaṃ samūhataṃ;
Sa ve divā vā rattiṃ vā,
samā­dhi­madhi­gacchati.

250. But if one discards this discontent by cutting it out and uprooting it, one can attain stillness of mind, both by day and by night.

Natthi rāgasamo aggi,
natthi dosasamo gaho;
Natthi mohasamaṃ jālaṃ,
natthi taṇhāsamā nadī.

251. There is no fire like lust, no trap like hate, no net like delusion, and no river like craving.

Sudassaṃ vajjamaññesaṃ,
attano pana duddasaṃ;
Paresaṃ hi so vajjāni,
opunāti yathā bhusaṃ;
Attano pana chādeti,
kaliṃva kitavā saṭho.

252. It is easy to see the fault of others, but hard to see one’s own. One sifts out the faults of others like chaff but conceals one’s own as a crafty bird hunter hides behind camouflage.

Paravaj­jānupas­sissa,
niccaṃ ujjhānasaññino;
Āsavā tassa vaḍḍhanti,
ārā so āsavakkhayā.

253. If one focuses on other’s faults and constantly takes offense, one’s own impurities increase and one is far from the destruction of impurities.

Ākāseva padaṃ natthi,
samaṇo natthi bāhire;
Papañcābhiratā pajā,
nippapañcā tathāgatā.

254. Birds do not leave tracks in the sky. No monk exists outside the Buddha’s path. People delight in obsessive thoughts, but the Buddhas are free of obsessive thinking.

Ākāseva padaṃ natthi,
samaṇo natthi bāhire;
Saṅkhārā sassatā natthi,
natthi ­buddhā­na­miñjitaṃ.

255. Birds do not leave tracks in the sky. No monk exists outside the Buddha’s path. No conditioned things are eternal. No agitation exists for Buddhas.

Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!

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