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Dhammapada
20 Magga Vagga
The Path (273-289)

Maggā­naṭ­ṭhaṅ­giko seṭṭho,
saccānaṃ caturo padā;
Virāgo seṭṭho dhammānaṃ,
dvipadānañca cakkhumā.

273. Of all paths, the Noble Eight Fold Path is the best. Of all truths, the Four Noble Truth is the best. Of all things, the passionless state, Nibbāna, is the best. Of all humans, the one with eyes of the Dhamma, Buddha, is the best.

Eseva maggo natthañño,
Dassanassa visuddhiyā;
Etañhi tumhe paṭipajjatha,
Mārassetaṃ pamohanaṃ.

274. This is the only path for purifying one’s vision of truth; there is no other. Follow it and you will bewilder Māra.

Etaṁhi tumhe paṭipannā,
dukkhassantaṃ karissatha;
Akkhāto vo mayā maggo,
aññāya sallakantanaṃ.

275. By following the Noble Eight Fold Path you can put an end to suffering. I have taught you this path which pulls out arrows of defilements.

Tumhehi kiccamātappaṃ,
akkhātāro tathāgatā;
Paṭipannā pamokkhanti,
jhāyino mārabandhanā.

276. You, yourself, must make a strong effort to attain Nibbāna. Buddhas only point the way. Those who follow the path and those who meditate will be freed from Māra’s bonds.

“Sabbe saṅkhārā aniccā”ti,
yadā paññāya passati;
Atha nibbindati dukkhe,
esa maggo visuddhiyā.

277. “All conditioned things are impermanent”—when one sees this with wisdom, one gives up admiration for suffering which is disguised as happiness. This is the path to purification, Nibbāna.

“Sabbe saṅkhārā dukkhā”ti,
yadā paññāya passati;
Atha nibbindati dukkhe,
esa maggo visuddhiyā.

278. “All conditioned things are suffering”— when one sees this with wisdom, one gives up admiration for suffering which is disguised as happiness. This is the path to purification, Nibbāna.

“Sabbe dhammā anattā”ti,
yadā paññāya passati;
Atha nibbindati dukkhe,
esa maggo visuddhiyā.

279. “All things are not-self”—when one sees this with wisdom, one gives up admiration for suffering which is disguised as happiness. This is the path to purification, Nibbāna.

Uṭṭhānakālamhi anuṭṭhahāno,
Yuvā balī ālasiyaṃ upeto;
Saṃsan­na­saṅkap­pa­mano kusīto,
Paññāya maggaṃ alaso na vindati.

280. The inactive one who does not exert himself when he should, who though young and strong is full of laziness, with a mind full of vain thoughts—such an indolent person does not find the path to wisdom.

Vācānurakkhī manasā susaṃvuto,
Kāyena ca nākusalaṃ kayirā;
Ete tayo kammapathe visodhaye,
Ārādhaye magga­misip­pa­vedi­taṃ.

281. Let a person be watchful in speech, well restrained in mind, and not commit evil by the body. Let him purify these three courses of action and fulfill the path taught by the sages.

Yogā ve jāyatī bhūri,
ayogā bhūrisaṅkhayo;
Etaṃ dvedhāpathaṃ ñatvā,
bhavāya vibhavāya ca;
Tathāttānaṃ niveseyya,
yathā bhūri pavaḍḍhati.

282. Wisdom arises from calm and insight meditation. Without meditation wisdom decays. Knowing this two-way path for progress and decline, conduct yourself on the path which grows wisdom.

Vanaṃ chindatha mā rukkhaṃ,
vanato jāyate bhayaṃ;
Chetvā vanañca vanathañca,
nibbanā hotha bhikkhavo.

283. Oh monks, cut down the trees of defilements, but not the trees in the forest. From the trees of defilements, fear is born. Having cut down both large and small trees of defilements, be without defilements.

Yāva hi vanatho na chijjati,
Aṇumattopi narassa nārisu;
Paṭi­baddha­manova tāva so,
Vaccho khīrapakova mātari.

284. As long as the underbrush of desire, even the slightest, of a man towards a woman is not cut down, his mind is in bondage, like the suckling calf to its mother.

Ucchinda sinehamattano,
Kumudaṃ sāradikaṃva pāṇinā;
Santimaggameva brūhaya,
Nibbānaṃ sugatena desitaṃ.

285. Cut off craving as one plucks with his hand an autumn lotus. Cultivate only the path to excellent peace, Nibbāna, as taught by the Well-Gone One, the Buddha.

Idha vassaṃ vasissāmi,
idha hemantagimhisu;
Iti bālo vicinteti,
antarāyaṃ na bujjhati.

286. “Here I will live in the rainy season, here in winter and summer”—thus thinks the fool. He does not realize the danger that death might intervene.

Taṃ putta­pasu­sammat­taṃ,
byāsat­ta­manasaṃ naraṃ;
Suttaṃ gāmaṃ mahoghova,
maccu ādāya gacchati.

287. Some people live clinging to and intoxicated by children and wealth. Suddenly they are carried away to death by Māra, as a great flood carries away a sleeping village to the ocean.

Na santi puttā tāṇāya,
na pitā nāpi bandhavā;
Anta­ke­nādhipan­nassa,
natthi ñātīsu tāṇatā.

288. For someone who is seized by Māra, there is no protection by relatives. No one can save him—not sons, not father, and not relatives.

Etamatthavasaṃ ñatvā,
paṇḍito sīlasaṃvuto;
Nibbānagamanaṃ maggaṃ,
khippameva visodhaye.

289. Realizing this truth, let the wise person restrain himself with virtue. Let him quickly clear the path to Nibbāna.

Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!

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Dhammapada 20 Magga Vagga: The Path (273-289)

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