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Dhammapada
9 Pāpa Vagga
Evil (116-128)

Abhittharetha kalyāṇe,
pāpā cittaṃ nivāraye;
Dandhañhi karoto puññaṃ,
pāpasmiṃ ramatī mano.

116. Be quick to do meritorious deeds involving generosity, virtue, and meditation! Restrain your mind from evil! When one is slow to make merit, one’s mind delights in evil.

Pāpañce puriso kayirā,
Na naṃ kayirā punappunaṃ;
Na tamhi chandaṃ kayirātha,
Dukkho pāpassa uccayo.

117. Having done something evil, do not repeat it; do not wish to do it again. Suffering is another name for evil.

Puññañce puriso kayirā,
kayirā naṃ punappunaṃ;
Tamhi chandaṃ kayirātha,
sukho puññassa uccayo.

118. Having done something meritorious, repeat it, wish for it. Happiness is another name for merit.

Pāpopi passati bhadraṃ,
Yāva pāpaṃ na paccati;
Yadā ca paccati pāpaṃ,
Atha pāpo pāpāni passati.

119. Evil deeds seem to be sweet for the evil doer as long as the evil has yet to ripen. But when the evil ripens, the evil doer sees the painful results of his evil deeds.

Bhadropi passati pāpaṃ,
Yāva bhadraṃ na paccati;
Yadā ca paccati bhadraṃ,
Atha bhadro bhadrāni passati.

120. Meritorious deeds seem to be bitter as long as they have yet to ripen. But when the meritorious deeds ripen, the merit maker will see the pleasant results of his meritorious deeds.

Māvamaññetha pāpassa,
na mantaṃ āgamissati;
Uda­bindu­nipā­tena,
udakumbhopi pūrati;
Bālo pūrati pāpassa,
thokaṃ thokampi ācinaṃ.

121. Do not think lightly of evil, saying, “It will not come back to me!” Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the fool gathering it little by little, is filled with evil.

Māvamaññetha puññassa,
na mandaṃ āgamissati;
Uda­bindu­nipā­tena,
udakumbhopi pūrati;
Dhīro pūrati puññassa,
thokaṃ thokampi ācinaṃ.

122. Do not think lightly of merit, saying, “It will not come back to me!” Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise person gathering it little by little, is filled with merit.

Vāṇijova bhayaṃ maggaṃ,
appasattho mahaddhano;
Visaṃ jīvitukāmova,
pāpāni parivajjaye.

123. A merchant with great wealth but with few employees avoids dangerous routes. The person who loves life avoids poison. So should you avoid evil deeds.

Pāṇimhi ce vaṇo nāssa,
hareyya pāṇinā visaṃ;
Nābbaṇaṃ visamanveti,
natthi pāpaṃ akubbato.

124. A hand that has no wounds can carry any poison. Without a wound, poison does not enter into the body. In the same way, there are no evil consequences for one who does no evil.

Yo appaduṭṭhassa narassa dussati,
Suddhassa posassa anaṅgaṇassa;
Tameva bālaṃ pacceti pāpaṃ,
Sukhumo rajo paṭivātaṃva khitto.

125. Like fine dust thrown against the wind, the result of evil comes back to the fool who offends a harmless, pure, liberated one.

Gabbhameke uppajjanti,
nirayaṃ pāpakammino;
Saggaṃ sugatino yanti,
parinibbanti anāsavā.

126. Some are reborn in a womb. Evil doers are reborn in hell. Merit makers go to heaven. Those without impurities attain ultimate freedom at passing away.

Na antalikkhe na samuddamajjhe,
Na pabbatānaṃ vivaraṃ pavissa;
Na vijjatī so jagatippadeso,
Yatthaṭṭhito mucceyya pāpakammā.

127. You will not find a place in the world—not in the sky, not in the middle of the ocean, not inside a mountain cave—where you can escape from the results of your evil deeds.

Na antalikkhe na samuddamajjhe,
Na pabbatānaṃ vivaraṃ pavissa;
Na vijjatī so jagatippadeso,
Yatthaṭṭhitaṃ nappasaheyya maccu.

128. You will not find a place in the world—not in the sky, not in the middle of the ocean, not inside a mountain cave— where death will not overtake you.

Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!

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