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Dhammapada IX

Evil

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116:
Be quick in doing
what's admirable.
Restrain your mind
from what's evil.
When you're slow
in making merit,
evil delights the mind.


117-118:

If a person does evil,
he shouldn't do it again & again,
shouldn't develop a penchant for it.
To accumulate evil
    brings pain.

If a person makes merit,
he should do it again & again,
should develop a penchant for it.
To accumulate merit
    brings ease.


119-120:

Even the evil
meet with good fortune
as long as their evil
has yet to mature.
But when it's matured
that's when they meet
    with evil.

Even the good
meet with bad fortune
as long as their good
has yet to mature.
But when it's matured
that's when they meet
    with good fortune.


121-122*:

Don't be heedless of evil
('It won't come to me').
A water jar fills,
even with water
falling     in     drops.
With evil -- even if
    bit
        by
        bit,
    habitually --
the fool fills himself full.

Don't be heedless of merit
('It won't come to me').
A water jar fills,
even with water
falling     in     drops.
With merit -- even if
    bit
        by
        bit,
    habitually --
the enlightened one fills himself full.


123:

Like a merchant with a small
but well-laden caravan
            -- a dangerous road,
like a person who loves life
            -- a poison,
one should avoid
            -- evil deeds.


124:

If there's no wound on the hand,
that hand can hold poison.
Poison won't penetrate
    where there's no wound.
There's no evil
    for those who don't do it.


125:

Whoever harasses
an innocent man,
    a man pure, without blemish:
the evil comes right back to the fool
like fine dust
    thrown against the wind.


126*:

Some are born     in the human womb,
evildoers         in hell,
those on the good course go
                    to heaven,
while those without effluent:
                    totally unbound.


127-128:

Not up in the air,
nor in the middle of the sea,
nor going into a cleft in the mountains
    -- nowhere on earth --
is a spot to be found
where you could stay & escape
    your evil deed.

Not up in the air,
nor in the middle of the sea,
nor going into a cleft in the mountains
    -- nowhere on earth --
is a spot to be found
where you could stay & not succumb
    to death.


Revised: Sun 3 October 1999
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