August 19, 2016

May The Dhamma Be With You

My Homage to Him, the Blessed One, the holy One, the Fully Enlightened One, perfectly enlightened by Himself. My homage also goes to the Dhamma, the Sangha, the Parent and the Teachers. “Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows him like his never –departing shadow”. “Make an island for yourself! Strive hard and become wise! Rid of impurities and cleansed of stain, you shall not come again to birth and decay”. “Good is virtue until life’s end, good is faith that is steadfast, good is the acquisition of wisdom, and good is the avoidance of evil”. “The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts; the taste of Dhamma excels all tastes; the delight in Dhamma excels all delights. The Craving-freed vanquishes all suffering”.
“All things are not-self”—when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering. This is the path to purification”. “A fool who knows his foolishness is wise at least to that extent, but a fool who thinks himself wise is called a fool indeed”. “Not despising, not harming, restraint according to the code of monastic discipline, moderation in food, dwelling in solitude, devotion to meditation—this is the teaching of the Buddhas”. “The sun shines by day, the moon shines by night. The warrior shines in armour, the holy man shines in meditation. But the Buddha shines resplendent all day and all night”.
“You yourselves strive; the Buddhas only point the way. These meditative ones who tread the path are released from the bonds of Mara”. “The monk who abides in the Dhamma, delights in the Dhamma, meditates on the Dhamma and bears the Dhamma well in mind, he does not fall away from the sublime Dhamma”. “Whenever he sees with insight, the rise and fall of the aggregates, he is full of joy and happiness. To the discerning one this reflects the Deathless”.
“To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one’s mind-this is the teaching of the Buddhas”. “There never was, there never will be, nor is there now, a person who is wholly blamed or wholly praised”. “The wise are controlled in thought, controlled in speech and controlled in bodily-action. They are truly well-controlled”. “The idler who does not exert himself when he should, who though young and strong is full of sloth, with a mind full of vain thoughts- such an indolent man does not find the path to wisdom”. “Those disciples of Gautama ever awaken happily “who day and night constantly practise Mindfulness of the body”, “whose mind by day and night delight in the practice of non-violence”, “whose minds by day and night delight in the practice of meditation”.
“Health is the precious gain and contentment the greatest wealth. A trustworthy person is the best kinsman, Nibbana the highest bliss”. “He who has no attachment whatsoever for the mind and body, who does not grieve for what he has not-he is truly called a monk”. “He who is free from craving and attachment, is perfect in uncovering the true meaning of the Teaching, and knows the arrangement of the sacred texts in correct sequence—he, indeed, is the bearer of his final body. He is truly called the profoundly wise one, the great man”. “He who is meditative, stainless and settled, whose work is done and who is free from cankers having reached the highest goal—him do I call a holy man”.
“Even gorgeous royal chariots wear out, and indeed this body too wears out. But the Dhamma of the Good does not age; thus the good make it known to the good”. “Everywhere the thirty-six currents of craving flow and the creeper (of craving) sprouts and grows. Seeing that the creeper has sprung up, cut off its root with wisdom”. “Even the gods hold dear the wise one, whose senses are subdued, like horses well trained by a charioteer, whose pride is destroyed and who is free from the cankers”.
“Do not give way to heedlessness. Do not indulge in sensual pleasures.  Only the heedful and meditative attain great happiness”. “Difficult is life for the modest one who always seeks purity, is detached and unassuming, clean in life, and discerning”. “Delight in heedfulness! Guard well your thoughts! Draw yourself out of this bog of evil, even as an elephant draws himself out of the mud”.
“He who has gone for refuge to the Buddha, his Teaching and his Order, penetrates with transcendental wisdom the Four Noble Truth—suffering, the cause of suffering, the cessation of suffering, and the Nobel Eightfold Path leading to the cessation of suffering”. “He who sits alone, sleeps alone and walks alone, who is strenuous and subdues himself alone, will find delight in the solitude of the forest”. “He who inflicts violence on those who are unarmed, and offends those who are inoffensive, will soon come upon one of these ten states”. “Having savoured the taste of solitude and peace (of Nibbana), pain-free and stainless he becomes, drinking deep the taste of the bliss of Truth”.
“A monk who does not despise what he has received, even though it be little, who is pure in livelihood and unremitting in effort, him even the gods praise”. “Any loose act, any corrupt observance, any life of questionable celibacy-none of these bear much fruit”. “All tremble at violence; all fear death, life is dear to all. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill”.
“Much though he recites the sacred texts, but acts not accordingly, that heedless man is like a cowherd who only counts the cows of others-he does not partake of the blessing of a holy life”. “He who does no evil, in thought, word and deed, who is restrained in three ways—him do I call a holy man”. “Just as a Brahmin priest reveres his sacrificial fire, even so should one devoutly revere the person from whom one has learned the Dhamma taught by the Buddha”. “Meditate, O monk! Do not be heedless. Let not your mind whirl on sensual pleasures. Heedless, do not swallow a red hot iron ball, lest you cry when burning, “O this is painful!”
“Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts, suffering follows him like the wheel that follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox”.  “Whatever harm an enemy may do to an enemy, or a hater to a hater, an ill-directed mind inflicts on oneself a greater harm”. “Realizing that this body is as fragile as a clay pot, and fortifying this mind like a well-fortified city, fight out Mara with the sword of wisdom. Then, guarding the conquest, remain unattached”. “The monk who abides in universal love and is deeply devoted to the Teaching of the Buddha attains the peace of Nibbana, the bliss of the cessation of all conditioned things”.
“A man is not versed in Dhamma because he speaks much. He who, after hearing even a little Dhamma, realizes its truth directly and is not heedless of it, is truly versed in the Dhamma”. “All conditioned things are impermanent, unsatisfactory, not-self”- when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering. This is the path to purification”. “The good renounce (attachment for) everything. The virtuous do not prattle with a yearning for pleasure. The wise show no emotion or depression when touched by happiness or sorrow”. “He who seeks another’s faults, who is ever censorious- his cankers grow. He is far from destruction of the cankers”.
“Better than sole sovereignty over the earth, better than going to heaven, better even than lordship over all the worlds is the supramundane Fruition of Stream Entrance (Stream Enterer)”. “Better it is to live alone; there is no fellowship with a fool. Live alone and do no evil; be carefree like an elephant in the elephant forest”. “The man whom the wise praise, after observing him day after day, is one of flawless character, wise, and endowed with knowledge and virtue”. “Blind is this world; here only a few possess insight. Only a few, like birds escaping from a net, go to the realms of bliss”. “There is no fear for an awakened one, whose mind is not sodden (by lust) not afflicted (by hate), and who has gone beyond both merit and demerit”.
“Enduring patience is the highest austerity. “Nibbana is supreme,” say the Buddhas”. “He is not a true monk who harms another, not a true renunciate who oppresses others”. “Easy is life for the shameless one who is as impudent as a crow, is backbiting and forward, arrogant and corrupt”. “Ever grows the glory of him who is energetic, mindful and pure in conduct, discerning and self-controlled, righteous and heedful”. “He who in this world takes nothing that is not given to him, be it long or short, small or big, good or bad—him do I call a holy man”.
“Well done is that action doing which one repents not later, and the fruit of which one reaps with delight and happiness”. “Walking upon this path you will make an end of suffering. Having discovered how to pull the thorn of lust, I make known the path”. “Wisdom springs from meditation; without meditation wisdom wanes. Having known these two paths of progress and decline, let a man so conduct himself that his wisdom may increase”. “Who can blame such a one, as worthy as a coin of refined gold? Even the gods praise him; by Brahma, too, is the praised”. “Whoever here (in the Dispensation) lives the holy life, transcending both merit and demerit, and walks with understanding in this world- he is truly called a monk”. “Wonderful indeed, it is to subdue the mind, so difficult to subdue, ever swift, and seizing whatever it desires”.  “A tamed mind brings happiness. When a man is sluggish and gluttonous, sleeping and rolling around in bed like a fat domestic pig, that sluggard undergoes rebirth again and again”.
“If by renouncing a lesser happiness one may realize a greater happiness, let the wise man renounce the lesser, having regard for the greater”. “If, like a broken gong, you silence yourself, you have approached Nibbana, for vindictiveness is no more in you”. “If for company you find a wise and prudent friend who leads a good life, you should, overcoming all impediments, keep his company joyously and mindfully”. “In this world good it is to serve one’s mother, good it is to serve one’s father, good it is to serve the monks, and good it is to serve the holy men”.
“Those who in youth have not led the holy life, or have failed to acquire wealth, lie sighing over the past, like worn-out arrows (shot from) a bow”. “Those disciples of Gautama ever awaken happily who day and night constantly practice the Recollection of the Qualities of the, “Buddha”, “Dhamma”, and “Sangha”. “The cankers only increase for those who are arrogant and heedless, who leave undone what should be done and do what should not be done”. “The cankers cease for those mindful and clearly comprehending ones who always earnestly practice mindfulness of the body, who do not resort to what should not be done, and steadfastly pursue what should be done”.
“Hunger is the worst disease, conditioned things the worst suffering. Knowing this as it really is, the wise realizes Nibbana, the highest bliss”. “He who is full of faith and virtue, and possesses good repute and wealth- he is respected everywhere, in whatever land he travels”. “He is indeed virtuous, wise and righteous who neither for his own sake nor for the sake of another (does any wrong), who does not crave for sons, wealth or kingdom, and does not desire success by unjust means”.
“Your life has come to an end now, you are setting forth into the presence of Yama, the king of death. No resting place is there for you on the way, yet you have made no provision for your journey”.  “He who in every way knows the death and rebirth of all beings, and is totally detached, blessed and enlightened—him do I call a holy man”. “He who clings to nothing of the past, present and future, who has no attachment and holds on to nothing—him do I call a holy man”. “He, the Noble, the Excellent, the Heroic, the Great Sage, the Conqueror, the Passionless, the Pure, the Enlightened One–him do I call a holy man”.
“One is not wise because one speaks much. He who is peaceable, friendly and fearless is called wise”. “One truly is the protector of oneself; who else could the protector be? With oneself fully controlled, one gains a mastery that is hard to gain”. “O Atula! Indeed, this is an ancient practice, not only of today: they blame those who remain silent, they blame those who speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in this world who is not blamed”. “One by one, little by little, moment by moment, a wise man should remove his own impurities, as a silver smith removes the dross from silver”. “On hearing the Teachings, the wise become perfectly purified, like a lake deep, clear and still”. “Of all the fragrances-sandal, tagara, blue lotus and jasmine- the fragrance of virtue (morality/character/discipline) is by far the sweetest”.
“Upon a heap of rubbish in the road-side ditch blooms a lotus, fragrant and pleasing. Even so, on the rubbish heap of blinded mortals the disciple of the Supremely Enlightened One shines resplendent in wisdom”. “Unchastity is the taint in a woman; niggardliness is the taint in a giver. Taints, indeed, are all evil things, both in this world and the next”. “A worse taint than these is ignorance, the worst of all taints. Destroy this one taint and become taintless”. “O monks! He who knows his former births, who sees heaven and hell, who has reached the end of births and attained to the perfection of insight, the sage who has reached the summit of spiritual excellence—him do I call a holy man”. {Reference: Dhammapada (Anthology of Verses)(A Practical Guide to Right Living)}, by Acharya Buddharakkhita, Maha Bodhi Ashram, bangalore, india, 16th October, 1986).


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