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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dhammapada - Chapter 15 - Happy

The Chapter 15 of Dhammapada deals with happiness. To remain happy in life we should not hate anyone.  People thrive for wordly pleasures. In the midst of such people, the one who doesn't make such efforts to pursue the wordly leads a happy life. A person should maintain equanimity in both victory and defeat. Only then he remains happy always. Further the verses say that lust and anger are the biggest enemies and there is no happiness beyond the supreme peace.

Health is the greatest wealth, contentment is the greatest wealth, trust is the greatest kinship and unbinding is the greatest bliss. One should associate with the noble ones and spend time with them. Associating with ignorant is worser than being with enemies.

This chapter contains 12 verses :

Verse 197:
How very happily we live,
free from hostility
among those who are hostile.
Among hostile people,
free from hostility we dwell.

Verse 198:
How very happily we live,
free from misery
among those who are miserable.
Among miserable people,
free from misery we dwell.

Verse 199:
How happily we live,
free from busyness
among those who are busy.
Among busy people,
free from busy people we dwell.

Verse 200:
How very happily we live,
we who have nothing,
We feed on rapture
like the Radiant Gods.

Verse 201:
Winning gives birth to hostility.
Losing, one lies down in pain.
The calmed he down with ease,
having set winning & losing aside.

Verse 202:
There is no fire like passion,
no loss like anger,
no pain like the aggregates,
no ease other than peace.

Verse 203:
Hunger: the foremost illness.
Fabrications: the foremost pain.
For one knowing this truth
as it actually is,
unbinding is the foremost ease.

Verse 204:
Freedom from illness : the foremost good fortune.
Contentment : the foremost wealth.
Trust : the foremost kinship.
Unbinding :  the foremost ease.

Verse 205:
Drinking the nourishment, the flavor,
of seclusion and calm,
one is freed from evil, devoid of distress,
refreshed with the nourishment
of rapture in the Dhamma.

Verse 206:
It's good to see Noble Ones.
Happy their company - always.
Through not seeing any fools
constantly, constantly
one would be happy.

Verse 207:
For living with a fool,
one grieves a long time.
Painful is the communion with fools,
as with an enemy - always.
Happy is the communion
with the enlightened,
as with a gathering of kin.

Verse 208:
So: the enlightened man,
discerning, learned, enduring, dutiful,
noble, intelligent, a man of integrity :
follow him - one of this sort -
as the moon, the path
of zodiac stars.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dhammapada - Chapter 14 - Awakened

Chapter 14 of Dhammapada elaborates the qualities of the Awakened, THE BUDDHA. The Buddha is one whose victory cannot be undone. There is nothing called craving in him and so he cannot be swayed away.

It is very difficult to take birth as a human. Even difficult is to get the teachings of the enlightened and it is very rare for the birth of a Buddha to occur. Abandoning all evil and purifying one's own mind by oneself - this is the teaching of Buddha.

Endurance of patience is the foremost austerity. One cannot attain renunciation if one hurts another. Only who does not harm others is a true saint.

The verses give guidelines on how one can progress in the path of spirituality:

  • Refrain from finding faults in others
  • Refrain from hurting others
  • Train yourself in the highest forms of discipline and conduct
  • Be moderate in eating food
  • Take delight in solitude
  • Engage in higher thoughts (meditation)
  • Stay away from sensual pleasure

The four noble truths are:

  • Life means suffering
  • The origin of suffering is attachment
  • The cessation of suffering is attainable
  • The path of the cessation of suffering (Eight fold Path)

There are 18 verses in this chapter and each of them is a gem:

Verse 179:
Whose conquest can't be undone,
whose conquest no one in the world can reach;
awakened, his pasture endless, pathless:
by what path will you lead him astray?

Verse 180:
In whom there is no craving
-the sticky ensnarer-
to lead him anywhere at all;
awakened, his pasture endless, pathless:
by what path will you lead him astray?

Verse 181:
They, the enlightened, intent on jhana,
delighting in stilling and renunciation,
self awakened and mindful:
even the devas view them with envy.

Verse 182:
Hard the winning of a human birth.
Hard the life of mortals.
Hard the chance to hear the true Dhamma.
Hard the arising of Awakened Ones.

Verse 183:
The non-doing of any evil,
the performance of what's skillful,
the cleansing of one's own mind:
this is the teaching of the Awakened.

Verse 184:
Patience endurance : the foremost austerity.
Unbinding: the foremost, so say the Awakened.
He who injures another is no contemplative.
He who mistreats another, no monk.

Verse 185:
Not disparaging, not injuring,
restraint in line with the Patimokkha,
moderation in food,
dwelling in seclusion,
commitment to the heightened mind :
this is the teaching of the Awakened.

Verse 186 - 187:
Not even if it rained gold coins
would we have our fill
of sensual pleasures.
'Stressful, they give little enjoyment' -
knowing this, the wise one
finds no delight
even in heavenly sensual pleasures.
He is one who delights
in the end of craving,
a disciple of the Righty
Self Awakened One.

Verse 188 - 192:
They go to many a refuge,
to mountains, to forests,
parks, trees and shrines :
people threatened with danger.
That's not the secure refuge,
not the supreme refuge,
that's not the refuge,
having gone to which,
you gain release
from all sufferings and stress.

But when, having gone
to the Buddha, Dhamma
and Sangha for refuge,
you see with right discernment
the four noble truths -
the cause of stress,
the transcending of stress,
and the noble eight fold path,
the way to the stilling of stress :
that's the secure refuge,
that's the supreme refuge,
that's the refuge,
having gone to which,
you gain release
from all suffering and stress.

Verse 193:
It's hard to come by
a thoroughbred of a man.
It's simply not true
that he's born everywhere.
Wherever he's born, an enlightened one,
the family prospers, is happy.

Verse 194:
A blessing : the arising of Awakened Ones.
A blessing : the teaching of true Dhamma.
A blessing : the concord of the Sangha.
The austerity of those in concord is a blessing.

Verse 195 - 196:
If you worship those worthy of worship,
- Awakened Ones or their disciples -
who've transcended complications,
lamentations and grief,
who are unendangered,
fearless and bound :
there is no measure for reckoning
that your merit is 'this much'.

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Dhammapada - Chapter 13 - World

This chapter emphasizes that one should not focus on the worldly things. One should not associate with people with false views. One should live only according to the reality and follow the path of Dhamma. Further, the verses explain the impermanence of life. It is compared to a mirage or a bubble. If one comes out of this illusion even the king of death cannot see him. If one comes out of his evil habits and cultivates good habits, he will illuminate the world. Wise people think beyond the worldly.

There are twelve verses in this chapter :

Verse 167:
Don't associate with lowly qualities.
Don't consort with heedlessness.
Don't associate with wrong views.
Don't busy yourself with the world.

Verse 168:
Get up! Don't be heedless.
Live the Dhamma well.
One who lives the Dhamma
sleeps with ease
in this world and the next.

Verse 169:
Live the Dhamma well.
Don't live it badly.
One who lives the Dhamma
sleeps with ease
in this world and the next.

Verse 170:
See it as a bubble,
see it as a mirage:
one who regards the world this way
the King of Death doesn't see.

Verse 171:
Come look at this world
all decked out
like a royal chariot,
where fools plunge in,
while those who know don't cling.

Verse 172:
Who once was heedless,
but later is not,
brightens the world
like the moon set free from a cloud.

Verse 173:
His evil-done deed
is replaced with skillfulness:
he brightens the world
like the moon set free from a cloud.

Verse 174:
Blinded this world -
how few here see clearly!
Just as birds who've escaped
from a net are few,
few are the people who make it to heaven.

Verse 175:
Swans fly the path of the sun;
those with the power fly through space;
the enlightened flee from the world,
having defeated the armies of Mara.

Verse 176:
The person who tells a lie,
who transgresses in this one thing,
transcending concern for the world beyond:
there is no evil he might not do.

Verse 177:
No misers go to the world of devas.
Those who don't praise giving are fools.
The enlightened express their approval for giving
and so find ease in the world beyond.

Verse 178:
Sole dominion over the earth,
going to heaven,
lordship over all the worlds:
the fruit of Stream-entry excels them.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dhammapada - Chapter 12 - Self

The twelfth Chapter of Dhammapada focuses on the concept of SELF.  The chapter starts of by saying that one should protect oneself in all the three stages of life - namely childhood, youth and old age by acquisition of virtue. One has the ability to advice another only when he establishes himself in proper virtues. One should be one's own savior and that can be achieved only through self discipline.

The extremely evil action of the person lacking in virtue is similar to that of the parasitic maluva creeper. The creeper grows on the tree and crushes it into destruction. The evil doer's action also crushes himself in that way. It can be observed that those actions which harm the self or others can be done easily while those actions which do good to the self or others are difficult to do.

It is important that one helps others but he should make sure that in the process of helping others he doesn't hinder his spiritual progress. At any point of time one should be well aware of his spiritual goals and strive hard towards achieving it.

There are 10 verses in this chapter:

Verse 157:
If you hold yourself dear
then guard, guard yourself well.
The wise person would stay awake
nursing himself
in any of the three watches of the night,
the three stages of life.

Verse 158:
First he'd settle himself
in what is correct,
only then teach others.
He wouldn't stain his name
: he is wise.

Verse 159:
If you'd mold yourself
the way you teach others,
then well trained,
go ahead and tame-
for , as they say,
what's hard to tame is
you yourself.

Verse 160:
Your own self is
your own mainstay,
for who else could your mainstay be?
With you yourself- well trained
you obtain the mainstay hard to obtain.

Verse 161:
The evil he himself has done
-self born, self created-
grinds down the dullard,
as a diamond, as a precious stone.

Verse 162:
When overspread by extreme vice-
like a sal tree by a vine-
you do to yourself
what an enemy would wish.

Verse 163:
They're easy to do-
things of no good
and of no use to yourself.
What's truly useful and good
is truly harder than hard to do.

Verse 164:
The teaching of those
who live the Dhamma,
worthy ones, noble:
whoever maligns it
- a dullard -
inspired by evil view-
bears fruit for his own destruction,
like the fruiting of the bamboo.

Verse 165:
Evil is done by oneself
by oneself is one defiled.
Evil is left undone by oneself
by oneself is one cleansed.
Purity and impurity are ones own doing.
No one purifies another.
No other purifies one.

Verse 166:
Don't sacrifice your own welfare
for that of another,
no matter how great.
Realizing your own true welfare,
be intent on just that.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dhammapada - Chapter 11 - Ageing

First of all I would like to express my apologies for not updating my blog for a long time. Now we will continue our journey through Dhammapada.

Life's most traumatic experiences are OLD AGE, DISEASE and DEATH. These are the very experiences which awakened the Buddha and lead him to enlightenment. This chapter talks about the first of these - Ageing.
The verses explain the impermanence of this body. It gets diseased, loses its strength, and death puts an end to it. One has passion towards the body but after death this body is thrown away and one can see bones and skull strewn around. Seeing this nobody feels the lust. The human body decays but the experience of truth of never decays. The calm one experiences this truth. Buddha concludes this Chapter withe verse saying that most people spend their life squandering the precious days with no thought about the inevitable old age that will overtake them. Youth is allowed to slip by without having garnered either material or spiritual wealth. The Buddha's admonition to mankind in this passage, is that they must, in time, become mindful of the passage of time and the speedy fading of the glamor of youth.

There are 11 verses in this chapter.

Verse 146:
What laughter, why joy,
when constantly aflame?
Enveloped in darkness,
don't you look for lamp?

Verse 147:
Look at the beautiful image,
a heap of festering wounds, shored up:
ill,  but the object of many resolves,
where there is nothing lasting or sure.

Verse 148:
Worn out is this body,
a nest of diseases, dissolving.
This putrid conglomeration
is bound to break up,
for life is hemmed in with death.

Verse 149:
On seeing these bones discarded
like gourds in the fall,
pigeon gray: what delight?

Verse 150:
A city made of bones,
plastered over with flesh and blood,
whose hidden treasures are:
pride and contempt,
ageing and death.

Verse 151:
Even royal chariots
well embellished
get run down,
and so does the body
succumb to old age.
But the Dhamma of the good
doesn't succumb to old age:
the good let the civilized know.

Verse 152:
This unlistening man
matures like an ox.
His muscles develop,
his discernment not.

Verse 153-154:
Through the round of many births I roamed
without reward, without rest,
seeking the house builder.
Painful is birth again and again.
House builder you are seen!
You will not build a house again.
All your rafters broken,
the ridge pole destroyed,
gone to the Unformed, the mind
has come to the end of craving.

Verse 155-156:
Neither living the chaste life
nor gaining wealth in their youth,
they away like herons
in a dried-up lake
depleted of fish.

Neither living the chaste life
nor gaining wealth in their youth,
they he around,
misfired the bow,
sighing over old times.

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Dhammapada, a collection of verses; being one of the canonical books of the Buddhists
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Dhammapada, a collection of verses; being one of the canonical books of the Buddhists
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