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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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