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Petals of Wisdom: Thoughts for Oct 2000

Collected by Ti.nh Tue^.



It is better indeed, to conquer oneself than to conquer onters. Neither a deva, nor a gandhabba, nor Mara together with Brahma can trn into defeat the victory of the man who controls himself. (Dhammapada, v. 104. 105)


I say not that they are a danger, Ananda, for him the freedom of whose will is unshakable. But to one who lives earnestly, ardently, strenuously, if he come among such as have attained to happiness in this present life, there I say that gains, favors, and flattery might be for him a danger. (The Book of the Kindred Saying II, 162)


Rare in this world is the kind of person who out of a sense of shame restrains from doing evil and keeps himself awake like a good horse that gives no cause to be whipped. (Dhammapada, v. 143)


The Exalted One addresssed the brethren, and said: The four earnest meditations, the fourfold great struggle against evil, the four roads to saintship, the five moral powers, the five organs of spiritual sense, the seven kinds of wisdom, and the Aryan eightfold path, these, O brethren, are the truths which, when I had perceived, I made known to you, which when you have mastered it behoves you to practise, meditate upon, and spread abroad, in order that pure religion may last long and be perpetuated, in order that it may continue to be for the good and the happiness of the great multitudes, out of pity for the world, to the good and the gain and the weal of gods and men! (Dialogues of the Buddha II. 128)


All are afraid of th estick, all fear death. Putting oneself in another’s place, one should not beat or kill others. (Dhammapada, v. 129)


At that time, Vaccha, when a being lays aside this body and rises up again in another body, for that I declare craving to be the fuel. Indeed, Vaccha, craving is on that occasion the fuel. (The Book of the Kindred Saying IV, p. 281)


As with a stick th ecowherd drives his cattle to the pasture, so also, Aging and Death drive the life of beings. (Dhammapada, v. 135)


 Whatsoever is of a nature to arise, all that is of a nature to cease. (The Book of the Kindred Saying IV, p. 66)


He that beareth patiently the pains that come upon him,
That rack the body, drain the life, and feareth not their touch,
He hath come forth from the abyss and reached the solid ground.
(The Book of the Kindred Saying IV, p. 138)


The destruction of lust, the destruction of hatred, the destruction of illusion, that is called Arahantship. (The Book of the Kindred Saying IV, p. 171)


This man of little learning grows old like an ox; only his flesh grows but not his wisdom. (Dhammapada, v. 152)


Not in the sky, nor in the middle of the ocean, nor in the cave of a mountain, nor anywhere else, is there a place where one cannot be oppressed by Death. (Dhammapada, v 128)


If a man does what is good, he should do it again and again; he should take delight in it; the accumulation of merit leads to happiness. (Dhammapada, v 118)


If one wrongs a person who should not be wronged, one who is pure and is free from moral defilements viz., an arahat, the evil falls back upon that fool, like fine dust thrown againsr the wind. (Dhammapada, v 125)


He who overwhelms with good the evil that he has done lights up this world (with the llight of Magga Insight), as does the moon freed from clouds. (Dhammapada, v. 173).


Updated: 24-9-2000

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