5 VERSES FROM DHAMMAPADA ILLUSTRATE THE UNIVERSAL LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT

 

01. Men who are foolish and ignorant are careless and never watchful; but the man who lives in watchfulness considers it his greatest treasure.
Watchful amongst the unwatchful, awake amongst those who sleep, the wise man like a swift horse runs his race, outrunning those who are slow.


02. He insulted me, he hurt me, he defeated me, he robbed me.’ Those who think such thoughts will not be free from hate. 
‘He insulted me, he hurt me, he defeated me, he robbed me.’ Those who think not such thoughts will be free from hate. 


03. The mind is fickle and flighty, it flies after fancies wherever it likes; it is difficult indeed to restrain. But it is a great good to control the mind; a mind self-controlled is a source of great joy. 

Invisible and subtle is the mind, and it flies after fancies wherever it likes; but let the wise man guard well his mind, for a mind well guarded is a source of great joy. 

04. An enemy can hurt an enemy, and a man who hates can harm another man; but a man’s own mind, if wrongly directed, can do him a far greater harm. 
A father or a mother, or a relative, can indeed do good to a man; but his own right-directed mind can do to him a far greater good. 


05. For that deed is not well done when being done one has to repent, and when one must reap with tears the bitter fruits of the wrong deed. 
But the deed is indeed well done when being done one has not to repent, and when one can reap with joy the sweet fruits of the right deed. 

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