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Petals of Wisdom: Thoughts for March 2001

Collected by Ti.nh Tue^.



Associate not with evil friends, or with mean men. Do associate with good friends and noble men. (Dhammapada, v. 78)
Who(ever) having done an evil action wants no one to know that he (is responsible), who(ever) has concealed his actions, him one should know (to be) an outcaste. (Suttanipata, v. 127)
Hatreds never cease by hatreds in this world. By love alone they cease. This is an ancient Law. (Dhammapada, v. 5)
Whose mind is not shaken when he is touched by the phenomena of the world, being without grief, unpolluted, secure this is supreme good fortune. (Suttanipaata, v. 268)
Here he is glad, hereafter he is glad, in both worlds the good-doer is glad. "Good have I done" – thus he is glad. Still more is he glad, having gone to states of bliss. (Dhammapada, v. 18).
Whose heart stands like a rock and swayeth not,
Void of all lust for things that lust beget, 
To heart thus trained whence shall come aught of ill?
(Udaana, 41).
The bliss of lusts and heaven-world equal not
One sixteenth of the bliss of craving’s ending.
(Udaana, 11)
To get rid of passion, cultivate the foul in it; to get rid of hatred, cultivate amity; to get rid of delusion, cultivate insight. (The Gradual Sayings III, 310f)
Heedfulness is the path to the deathless, heedlessness is the path to death. The heedful do not die, the heedless are like unto the dead. (Dhammapada, v. 21)
Irrigators lead the waters;
Fletchers fashion the shafts;
Carpenters bend the wood;
The wise control themselves.
(Dhammapada, v. 80)
That deed is not well done which, being done, one afterwards repents, and the fruit whereof one reaps weeping, with tearful face. (Dhammapada, v. 67)
To get rid of doing ill in deed, cultivate doing well in deed; to get rid of doing ill in word, cultivate doing well in word; to get rid of doing ill in thought, cultivate doing well in thought. (The Gradual Sayings III, 311).


The good give up (attachment for) everything; the saintly prattle not with sensual craving: whether affected by happiness or by pain, the wise show neither elation nor depression. (Dhammapada, v. 83)


If a brother because of revulsion from decay-and-death, because of its fading away and ceasing be freed from grasping, this is enough for him to be called Brother who has won Nibbaana in this life. (The Book of the Kindred Saying II, p. 81)
As sweet as honey thinks the fool an evil deed so long as it ripens not; but, when it does, then to grief comes he. (Dhammapada, v. 69)


Updated: 1-3-2001

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