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The Dhammapada  -  The Right Way      

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Chapter:

Name:

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Verses

I:    

Twin Pairs

Yamaka

1-20

II:

Alertness

Appamāda 

21-32

III:

Mind

Citta

33-43

IV:

Flowers

Puppha

44-59

V:

The Fool 

Bāla

60-75

VI:

The Wise

Pandita

76-89

VII:

The Arahat

Arahanta

90-99

VIII:

Thousands

Sahassa 

100-115

IX:

Evil

Pāpa

116-128

X:

Violence

Danda

129-145

XI:

Aging

Jāra

146-156

XII:

Self

Atta

157-166

XIII:

World

Loka

167-178

XIV:

Awakened

Buddha 

179-196

XV:

Happy

Sukha 

197-208

XVI:

Dear

Piya

209-220

XVII:

Anger

Kodha

221-234

XVIII:

Pollutions

Mala 

235-255

XIX:

The Truth

Dhammatha

256-272

XX:

The Way

Magga

273-289

XXI:

Various

Pakinnaka

290-305

XXII:

Hell

Niraya

306-319

XXIII:

Elephant

Nāga

320-333

XXIV:

Craving

Tanhā

334-359

XXV:

The Monk

Bhikkhu

360-382

XXVI:

Holy One

Brāhmana 

383-423


The Dhammapada is the second book of the Khuddaka Nikaya - the minor stories –
of the Sutta Pitaka, which is the second division of the Tipitaka – the three baskets –
of sacred Buddhist scriptures spoken by the Buddha and his close disciples. All verses
here have been spoken by the Buddha in response to a particular event, which is presented in the commentary by the great commentator Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa in the fifth century AC.
This commentary is translated by E.W. Burlingame as ‘Buddhist Legends’ and is available from:
Pali Text Society: http://www.palitext.demon.co.uk & Pariyatti http://www.pariyatti.com
These verses of both profound importance & universal relevance may henceforth very well
speak for themselves. May your understanding be complete . Enjoy the depth!

Audio/Video versions:
Dhammapada Part 1 Yammakavagga.mp4
Dhammapada Part 2 Appamadavagga
.mp4
Dhammapada Part 3 Cittadavagga.mp4
Dhammapada Part 4 Pupphavagga.mp4


Chapter I: Twin Pairs - Yamaka

ORIGIN
Mind always comes first
Mind is of all states the primer
By mentality are all things initiated
By thought of mind are all phenomena formed
So - if with good intention one thinks, speaks or acts
Joy surely follows one like the never-leaving shadow
However!!!
- if with evil intention one thinks, speaks or acts
Pain certainly follows one like the wheel follows the car.
Dhammapada Illustration 1 + 2 Background Story 1 + 2


BURNING with BLAMING
Those absorbed in such accusations as:
"He/She/They abused, hurt, did me or us wrong "
whether right or wrong!, such foolish ones only prolong
own pain by being obsessed by
their own anger.
However!!!
Those freed of these accusations:
"He/She/They abused, hurt, did me or us wrong "
noting: whether right or wrong - so what!!! -
such clever ones stop own pain by relinquishing all anger.
Dhammapada Illustration 3+4 Background Story 3+4

FUEL ON FIRE ?
Not by anger is Hate ever quenched.
Only by Kindness is Hate always quenched.
This Ancient Law is an Eternal ... Truth ...
Dhammapada Illustration 5 Background Story 5

 GRAPPING THE WHEEL
The crowd often does not know how
to control themselves here & now.
The wise who do know this necessity
of self-control end their quarrels.
Their disputes all cease there & then.
Dhammapada Illustration 6 Background Story 6

DRIFTING
Whoever lives in search & urge for pleasure & beauty,
unguarded in senses, immoderately indulging,
lazy, lethargic, inactive, dulled into apathy;
Such ones Mara sweeps away like breaking a
branch of a tiny bush ...
Dhammapada Illustration 7 Background Story 7

SMILING MOUNTAIN
Whoever lives cooled by genuine disgust,
guarded in senses, moderately enjoying,
alert, active, aware, exerting energetic effort;
Such one Mara find immovable like the wind
the mighty mountain ...
Dhammapada Illustration 8 Background Story 8

HUMAN DUST
The impure person, uncontrolled, immoral, keeping secrets
not honest, is neither worthy nor fit for the yellow robe.
Dhammapada Illustration 9 Background Story 9

HUMAN TREASURE     
The straight person, restrained, keeping precepts, open
honest, is both worthy & fit for the yellow robe.
Dhammapada Illustration 10 Background Story 10

CONFUSED
Those who mistakes the relative to be both essential
& absolute and mistakes the essential and absolute to
be relative never attains to neither the essential nor
the absolute ...
Dhammapada Illustration 11 Background Story 11

ASSURED
Those who see the essential in the essential and
the absolute in the absolute, discriminating what
is merely relative, attains to the essential & absolute
truth.
Dhammapada Illustration 12 Background Story 12

PRONE
Exactly as rain penetrate and enter
a house with a leaky roof, even so do
all desire, greed, and urge of craving
penetrate and enter the undeveloped,
unrefined mind.
Dhammapada Illustration 13 Background Story 13

REFINED
Exactly as rain cannot neither penetrate
nor enter a house with a tight roof, even so
cannot any desire, greed, nor urge of craving
penetrate nor enter the well developed, well
refined mind.
Dhammapada Illustration 14 Background Story 14

DOING BAD
Here and now the bad-doer suffers... Even so
after passing away and reemerging, the doer of
wrong reaps only pain and regret ...
So both here and there the fool with wrong &
evil behavior badly done suffers from the
inevitable results of prior actions.
Dhammapada Illustration 15 Background Story 15


DOING GOOD
Here and now the good-doer rejoices... Even so
after passing away and reemerging, the doer of
good reaps only joy and satisfaction ...
So both here and there the wise with merit well
done enjoys the purity of prior actions.
Dhammapada Illustration 16 Background Story 16


REMORSE
Here he suffers. So too after death he suffers.
The evil-doer having done wrong suffers pain,
regret & remorse both places!
Remembering, looking back, seeing & thinking:
"Oh I have done bad actions of evil nature" he suffers
the pain of the worlds of only suffering even more ...
Dhammapada Illustration 17 Background Story 17



REJOICING

Here he rejoices. So too after death he rejoices.
The one having done good works rejoices both places!
Remembering, looking back, seeing & thinking:
"Oh I have done good works, well done" he enjoys
the bliss of the happy worlds even more ...
Dhammapada Illustration 18 Background Story 18


INTELLECTUAL

Although as expert reciting the Holy Scriptures,
writing & speaking much sense, if not living and
actually acting according to this very same Dhamma,
such one enjoys not even a fraction of the Noble life!
Dhammapada Illustration 19 Background Story 19

PRACTICAL
Even when a novice does not recite the Holy Scriptures,
and neither writes nor speaks much sense, if always living
and actually acting according to this Dhamma such one

certainly enjoys the whole of the Noble life ...
Dhammapada Illustration 20 Background Story 20



Chapter II: Alertness - Appamâda

HEEDLESS
Careful seriousness is the way to the deathless state.
Careless shallowness is the way to repeated death.
The careful one becomes undying while the careless
is as if already dead ... (again)!!!
Dhammapada Illustration 21
Background Story 21+22+23


HEEDFUL
The clever ones knows that very seriousness to
make the difference, knows it to be the choice select.
Carefully they make themselves joy rejoicing in
the Noble state.
Dhammapada Illustration 22 Background Story 21+22+23


EXPERTS
They who meditate regularly
They who endure enthusiastically
They who exert effort
These wise ones attain Nibbana;
The supreme Peace, the sublime Bliss.
Dhammapada Illustration 23 Background Story 21+22+23


SPREADING FAME 
One who exerts effort,
one who is alert and always aware,
one who does good deeds voluntarily & deliberately,
one who is kind and considerate in all dealings,
one who is restrained & controlled,
one who lives according to the real truth of Dhamma,
carefully & seriously,
the Fame of such one grows ever & exceedingly.
Dhammapada Illustration 24 Background Story 24


SAFETY
By arousing and inspiring oneself to
putting forth stable & energetic effort;
By meticulous carefulness;
By well trained, well restrained self-control,
the wise & clever ones make themselves an
island safe no flood nor fever can ever overwhelm.
Dhammapada Illustration 25 Background Story 25

 

GUARDING versus DRIFTING
Fools, ignorants drift carelessly around to and fro.
The clever one meticulously guard own long-grown
thorough carefulness as the greatest treasure.
Dhammapada Illustration 26 Background Story 26+27


THE REAL BLISS
So do not give in to the carelessness of only
playful indulgence in pleasures of the senses,
since serious practice of meditation results verily
in profound Bliss, Yeah!, the immense happiness
of Nibbana ...
Dhammapada Illustration 27 Background Story 26+27


CLEAR-SIGHTED, ABOVE & ALOOF
When the clever one develops carefulness,
thereby leaving carelessness, it is as if climbing
a staircase made of Insight, step by step ...
Such wise one gazes joyfully down as from a mountaintop
- called certainty - on the simple folk stressing around below.
Dhammapada Illustration 28 Background Story 28


ADVANTAGE
Careful among the careless,
wide awake among the sleeping slumbers,
the clever one leaves them all behind like
a racer outpaces the turtles.
Dhammapada Illustration 29 Background Story 29
 

SERIOUSLY
By being seriously careful, Sakka!
king of the gods attained his supremacy.
Always is carefulness praised by all.
Always is carelessness blamed by all.
Dhammapada Illustration 30 Background Story 30
 

CONQUEROR
Enjoying the results of being both serious
and meticulously careful, seeing acute and
terrible danger in any even minor sign of slack
carelessness, the Bhikkhu burns his way right through
all obstructing fetters, be they mighty or minor
Dhammapada Illustration 31 Background Story 31
 

SMELLING THE LIGHT  
The Bhikkhu who delights in carefulness,
and views with fear the danger of sloppy
carelessness just simply cannot fall away,
but is indeed quite near Nibbana.
Dhammapada Illustration 32 Background Story 32
 



Chapter III: Mind - Citta
 
 
JUMPING MONKEY
This flickering, fleeting and fickle mind,
difficult to guard, hard to control are thoughts,
the clever one therefore makes the mind straight
and stable just as a Fletcher line up an uneven
arrow shaft.
Dhammapada Illustration 33 Background Story 33 + 34

 
SHAKING THE CHAIN
Like a fish hauled on land is flopping, exactly so does the mind
tremble when forced out of Mara's field of lusty fever.
Dhammapada Illustration 34 Background Story 33 + 34
 

TAMING
Advantageous is the taming of the thoughts,
which otherwise set off suddenly, shifts and cross,
coming and going in all directions ...
The tamed & calmed mind is therefore a bringer
of first peace, then bliss.
Dhammapada Illustration 35 Background Story 35
 

GUARDING
Thoughts are of a exceedingly subtle nature,
hard to see, invisible, untouchable, momentary,
emerging & jumping when & wherever they like!
The clever one therefore observes and guards these
ever changing thoughts. Guarded thoughts brings
happiness ...!!!
Dhammapada Illustration 36 Background Story 36
 

DAMPENING
Thoughts all by themselves wander,
light as fantasies, though still hidden in mind.
Those who subdue thoughts are freed from
the bondage of temptation.
Dhammapada Illustration 37 Background Story 37
 

STEADYING
The one whose mind is not steady,
who does not know what is true Dhamma,
whose faith wavers - such one never
attains perfected Insight.
Dhammapada Illustration 38 Background Story 38_39

 

NEITHER ATTRACTED NOR REPELLED = FEARLESS        
The one whose mind is not drawn into any lust,
whose mind is neither strained by any aversion,
whose mind is both beyond good and evil, for
such awakened one there is no fear ...
Dhammapada Illustration 39 Background Story 38_39
 

KNOWING TIME
Knowing this body to be fragile as a clay-pot,
making this very thought firm as a city, one
should attack Mara with this weapon of wisdom,
guard thereafter carefully what is conquered
Dhammapada Illustration 40 Background Story 40
 

THE ALTAR OF THE TEMPLE
Soon this body will fall to the ground,
rejected, without any consciousness,
useless like a rotten log of wood ...
Dhammapada Illustration 41 Background Story 41
 

MAKER OF CATASTROPHES
Whatever an enemy may do to an enemy, or
whatever a hater might to another blinded by hate,
one's own mind wrongly directed by false or evil view,
can indeed do to oneself, yet even far much worse!
Dhammapada Illustration 42 Background Story 42
 

WONDER
Neither mother nor father, nor any other family member
can do you any better, than a well directed mind.
Dhammapada Illustration 43 Background Story 43

 



 

Chapter IV: Flowers - Puppha  
 
WHO?
Who will fully comprehend this earth-world together
with the lower painful and higher divine worlds as well?
Who will investigate all the 37 sublime Dhammas, even as an
expert plucks delicate flowers? Who?                                         
Dhammapada Illustration 44 Background Story 44_45


BE BUDDHIST
The training disciple will conquer by full comprehension this,
the lower and the divine worlds as well! The training disciple
will directly experience these 37 states, even as an expert
enjoys a well-composed bouquet of flowers.
Dhammapada Illustration 45 Background Story 44_45
 

MOMENTARY
Whosoever knows this body
to be as temporary as a bubble,
as insubstantial as the mirror image,
such one will break the flower tipped
arrows of Mara and cannot be seen by
this King of Death ...
Dhammapada Illustration 46 Background Story 46
 
 
SURPRISE
Death carries off the man while distracted
by gathering flowers of sensual pleasures,
exactly & even so as a great flood carries
away a sleeping village.
Dhammapada Illustration 47 Background Story 47
 

OFF GUARD
Death sweeps away the man distracted,
not yet had his fill of sensual pleasures,
even as he gathers these flowers.
Dhammapada Illustration 48 Background Story 48
 

SWEET & SILENT
Harmless to the flower, its scent and color
the bee gathers its honey. Even & exactly so
does the wandering Bhikkhu gain village alms.
Dhammapada Illustration 49 Background Story 49
 

WRONG versus RIGHT ATTENTION
What others do, did, or left undone is irrelevant!
Do not search after their faults, but rather look
carefully upon own flaws and for what you yourself
do, did or left undone...
Dhammapada Illustration 50 Background Story 50
 

SPILLED MILK
As the flower, which is beautiful in color, but lacking scent,
even & exactly so is the well spoken true word upon one,
who neither reflects, nor acts upon it
Dhammapada Illustration 51 Background Story 51_52
 

THE SEED SUPREME
As the beautiful flower, lovely both in color and scent,
even & exactly so, is the well spoken true word, fruitful
for one who reflects and acts accordingly.
Dhammapada Illustration 52 Background Story 51_52
 

THE PRECIOUS POSSIBILITY
Just as one can make many varied bouquets from a single
big bunch of flowers, a mortal among the humans can
make many kinds of merit by various good deeds.
Dhammapada Illustration 53 Background Story 53
 
        
THE FAIRY FIELD
The scent of flowers does not diffuse against the wind,
whether it is of jasmine or incense of sandalwood.
The fragrance of good deed does however waft against the wind.
The kindness of the good & pure perfumes all directions with
this perfume of pure goodness.
Dhammapada Illustration 54 Background Story 54_55
 

UNDEFILED
Above and beyond all varieties of perfume,
whether of rose, of sandalwood or of lotus,
the fragrance of a virtuous moral stands supreme.
Dhammapada Illustration 55 Background Story 51_52
 

TRANSCENDING
Weak is the smell of rose, jasmine and any orchid
when compared to the virtuous men, which excels
even among the divine.
Dhammapada Illustration 56 Background Story 56
 

INVISIBLE
Those who are possessed of moral,
living alert and aware, who are freed though
perfected Insight cannot never ever be found
by Mara
Dhammapada Illustration 57 Background Story 57
 

THE LIGHT IN THE DARK
Even in a heap of rubbish dumped on the road,
may the lotus grow, with this sublime fragrance
delighting the mind.
Even & exactly so, may the Noble Disciple of the
Awakened Ones shine forth his wisdom among the
blinded mess of simple people 
Dhammapada Illustration 58 + 59 Background Story 58_59

 




Chapter V: Fools - Băla
 
LOONG
Long is samsara for the simpleton not knowing the Dhamma.
Long is the night for one who keeps Awake.
Long is the mile for one who is tired.
Long is the chain of rebirth for one who is unaware of the true Dhamma.
Dhammapada Illustration 60
Background Story 60
 

IDEAL SOLITUDE
Avoid going along with fools. Should one fail
to find one better or equal as companion,
then one should continue this journey alone.
There can be no friendship with fools.
Dhammapada Illustration 61 Background Story 61


ONE IS NOT ONE'S OWN!
"I have sons, I have wealth" thinks the fool
unknowingly causing himself worry. When
he has not even a self of his own, how much
less then any sons, and how much less then
any stable wealth ?
Dhammapada Illustration 62 Background Story 62
 

DISCOVERING THE TREASURE
The fool, who recognizes his own foolishness,
thereby becomes wise. But the simpleton, who
deceives himself to be a wise one, is verily a fool.
Dhammapada Illustration 63 Background Story 63
 

BLOCKED OR OPEN
Even when the fool follows the wise lifelong,
he cannot understand the truth just as the spoon
cannot taste the soup..
However, when the intelligent even for few moments
listen to the wise, he grasps the truth as the tongue
immediately taste the soup.
Dhammapada Illustration 64+65 Background Story 64 + 65
 

ONE'S OWN ENEMY
The worst enemy of the simple fool is himself!
This his self commit the doings from which he
reaps the result of bitter pain.
Dhammapada Illustration 66 Background Story 66


BITTER FRUIT
That action which one regrets is not good
Experiencing the result of such ill deed, one
later weeps with a tearful face.
Dhammapada Illustration 67 Background Story 67
 

SWEET FRUIT
That action, which one does not regret, is good.
Experiencing the result of such beneficial deed,
one is pleased and happy.
Dhammapada Illustration 68 Background Story 68
 
           
CAUSE, DELAY, EFFECT
Initially, the taste of the bad deed appears as sweet
as honey to the fool. Later, however, when the evil
result ripens, he grieves in pain.
Dhammapada Illustration 69 Background Story 69

 

USELESS PAIN
Even though the fool starve himself, month after month,
eating only from the tip of a straw of grass, he is not worth
a 16th fraction of one who have well comprehended the real
truth of Dhamma.
Dhammapada Illustration 70 Background Story 70
 

SMOULDERING SMUDGE
Just as fresh milk do not sour just at once, then the evil
action does not ripen immediately. Rather it burns the fool
after a long smoldering like embers covered with ashes.
Dhammapada Illustration 71 Background Story 71
 

ABUSE
Whatever power, fame or skill the fool acquires, misused,
it destroys his future, as if cleaving his head.
Dhammapada Illustration 72 Background Story 72


NAME & FAME
Fools seeks false reputation,
want to take the lead among Bhikkhus,
urge for authority over monasteries and
is attached to the respect of families.
Dhammapada Illustration 73 Background Story 73 + 74
 

PUFFED PRIDE + POWER = POISON
Puffing up his pride, ambition for power drives up his greed.
He wishes: "Let both layman and monk know that I alone did this.
Let them be under my control alone,  both in all things to be done
and in all things not to be done ..."
Dhammapada Illustration 74 Background Story 73 + 74
 

THE NOBLE WAY IS FOR NIBBANA, NOTHING ELSE!
One way is to gain name and fame.
Quite another is the way to Nibbana!
Seeing this, let the Bhikkhu, the true disciple
of the Buddha, reject both name, fame and gain,
seeking only the comfort & bliss of solitary seclusion.
Dhammapada Illustration 75 Background Story 75

 


 

Chapter VI: The Wise - Pandita

 
HIDDEN TREASURE
One should follow the one giving intelligent critique,
since he is revealing a hidden treasure. For all those
following such wise one, it all grows better not worse.
Dhammapada Illustration 76 Background Story 76

 
LIKED & HATED
The one who advises, instructs and restrain others
from all improper behavior becomes loved by the good,
while hated by the bad & foolish.
Dhammapada Illustration 77 Background Story 77

 
ADVANTAGEOUS COMPANY
Avoid going along with wrong doers.
Do not associate with fools. Rather
accompany the Good and cultivate
friendship with the Wise & Noble.
Dhammapada Illustration 78 Background Story 78
 

 
CLEARED CALM
The one who drinks Dhamma sleeps at ease,
calmed & cleared. The intelligent ones enjoys
the delight of the Teaching of the Noble
Dhammapada Illustration 79 Background Story 79

 
STILLED
Canal makers direct the water.
Arrow makers straighten their shafts.
Carpenters plane their pieces of wood.
But The Wise & Noble tame their Mind.
Dhammapada Illustration 80 Background Story 80

 
UNSHAKEABLE 
Just as a solid mountain rock is not moved by any storm,
even so is the wise unshaken whether praised or blamed.
Dhammapada Illustration 81 Background Story 81
 

DEEP CALM

Even as the deep lake is still & clear
even & exactly so does hearing the Dhamma
calm the wise.
Dhammapada Illustration 82 Background Story 82
 

INVARIABLE
The clever let go of all,
withdrawing silently and still,
such wise ones whether touched
by success or sorrow remains unstirred
unperturbed and all the same.
Dhammapada Illustration 83 Background Story 83

 
CLEAN
Neither for oneself nor for another
should one wish for sons, wealth or estate
gained by unfair means. Only so does one
remain upright, straight, virtuous and righteous.
Dhammapada Illustration 84 Background Story 84


RARE
Few indeed are those who reach the other shore.
Most merely run to & fro along this bank ...
Dhammapada Illustration 85 Background Story 85_86
 

BEYOND
But those who listen and act accordingly
when the depth of Dhamma is revealed,
they indeed cross beyond this realm of
Death so hard to overcome
Dhammapada Illustration 86 Background Story 85_86

 
SUPREME STEP
Leaving the Dark, adopting the Light state,
the clever one leaves home for the homeless state.
The joy of solitary seclusion is otherwise hard to find.
Dhammapada Illustration 87 Background Story 87_88_89
 

PURGED
There they seek the great delight
of being attached to nothing.
Freed from all urge of any sensing,
the wise purge his mind of all impurity.
Dhammapada Illustration 88 Background Story 87_88_89
 

ENLIGHTENED
Those whose minds have been well developed & perfected
by the seven links to Enlightenment, the seven wings to Awakening;
Who are without even any trace of Clinging;
Lacking all mental Fermentation, shining radiant
quite bright & clear, verily, these Wise have gained
Nibbana even when still in this very world.
Dhammapada Illustration 89 Background Story 87_88_89



 

Chapter VII: The Arahat - Arahanta
 
 
FREED
For him who has completed this journey.
For him who is untouched by any pain or sorrow.
For him who is in every-way wholly freed.
For him who has broken all chains.
For such one, no Suffering is ever Possible!
Dhammapada Illustration 90 Background Story 90

 
DETACHED
Those who are aware will not to cling to any house.
Home after home they leave, like swans that take
off from many various lakes.
Dhammapada Illustration 91 Background Story 91

 
ULTRA LIGHT
No accumulation = No trace:
Who neither have any store of unripened results,
nor any store of physical matter;
Who is released into the uncaused & signless void;
Verily, they leave no trace, even as a bird fly through air.
Dhammapada Illustration 92 Background Story 92

 
UNCONTAMINATED
The one cleared of all mental fermentation;
who is independent of all 4 nutriments;
whose abiding is the unconditioned & void release,
is untraceable, just like a bird in the air.
Dhammapada Illustration 93 Background Story 93

 
COOLED
One whose senses have been guarded & calmed,
like horses well tamed by the trainer, whose pride,
conceit & mental fermentation are all uprooted,
Even the Divine Devas love such one.
Dhammapada Illustration 94 Background Story 94
 
 
BALANCED
Like the Earth, the Noble shows no resentment.
Like the deep dug pillar, firm in vows, pious & pure.
Like the pool clear & cool, free from mud.
Such one has ended this round.
Dhammapada Illustration 95 Background Story 95
 
Thera Sariputta in memoriam
The Captain of the Faith...
The General of the Dhamma!
 

CALM
Calm is his mind.
Calm is his speech.
Calm is his action.
So is the Tranquility;
So is the Equanimity;
of one freed by the Insight
of absolute knowledge.
Dhammapada Illustration 96 Background Story 96

 
EATING FUTURE
The one who does not desire anything,
but directly know even the uncreated;
not satisfied such one breaks off any
possibility for rebirth by swallowing
what he has made. Such one is the Supreme!
- A Courageous Conqueror ...
Dhammapada Illustration 97 Background Story 97
 
 
RADIANT EXCELLENCE ...
Whether in the village or the forest, on land, at sea or on the mountain:
Wherever Arahats dwell all is indeed beautiful, subtle and refined.
Dhammapada Illustration 98 Background Story 98

 
SOLITARY
Delighting are the forests, where the passionate
common folks do not haunt their banal pleasures!
There the cooled ones find the Bliss not of this World.
Dhammapada Illustration 99 Background Story 99

 



Chapter VIII: Thousands - Sahassa
 
 
EXACT ELEVATION
Even a thousand words will not work
if lacking meaning, essence, or relevance.
Better is a few words, exact & clear,
promoting peace & calm.
Dhammapada Illustration 100
Background Story 100

Comments:
Look before you leap.
Think before you speak.
 

ULTRA-CUT
Even a thousand sentences can be meaningless..
Better is a single releasing word!
Dhammapada Illustration 101 Background Story 101
 

POINTING OUT
Even reciting a hundred verses made of words of no meaning.
Better is a single word of Dhamma, whereby one awakens.
Dhammapada Illustration 102 Background Story 102_103
 

CONQUEROR
Even after having defeated a million men,
one is better off by conquering oneself.
Dhammapada Illustration 103 Background Story 102_103
 

VICTORY
Victory over oneself is superior to victory over others!
Since by winning self-control you are forever in power!
Dhammapada Illustration 104 Background Story 104_105
 

UNDEFEATABLE
Neither a God, Demon, Devil nor Brahma
can undo the victory of one who has won
self-control ....
Dhammapada Illustration 105 Background Story 104_105
 

CLEVER INVESTMENT
Even though a man, day after day, month after month, for a century
donates a 1000$ to a charity, he better honour even for a single moment
a Noble, who have trained himself.
Dhammapada Illustration 106 Background Story 106
 
 
IRRELEVANT & FOLLY PRAXIS
Though a man, day after day, should burn a sacrifice,
bathe ceremoniously or do whatever ritual he better
honor even for a single instant the Noble disciple of
the Buddha, who is well-trained, & well-restrained ...
Dhammapada Illustration 107 Background Story 107

 
EMPTY RITUAL
Whatsoever daily offer, sacrifice or oblation made even for year,
the resulting merit is not worth a quarter of reverence for those
straight, upright and righteous.
Dhammapada Illustration 108 Background Story 108
 
        
REGULAR REVERENCE PAYS OFF ..
For one in the habit of honouring the Elder Theras
with joined palms these 4 things increase:
Age, Beauty, Happiness & Power!
Dhammapada Illustration 109 Background Story 109

 
CLEAN & COMPOSED
Even if one should live a hundred years,
if immoral & uncontrolled, better it would be
to live but just a single day morally & meditating
Dhammapada Illustration 110 Background Story 110
 
 
WISER
Even if one should live a hundred years,
if unwise & distracted, better it would be
to live but just a single day meditating & possessed of Insight
Dhammapada Illustration 111 Background Story 111
 

ACTIVE
Even if one should live a hundred years,
if lazy & idle, better it would be
to live but just a single day striving
with all one got.
Dhammapada Illustration 112 Background Story 112


DISAPPEARANCE
Even if one should live a hundred years, not comprehending
the emergence and disappearance of all phenomena,
better it would be to live but just a single day clearly
seeing the arising and passing away of all conditions.
Dhammapada Illustration 113 Background Story 113


STATE
Even if one should live a hundred years,
without yet tasting the deathless state,
better it would be to live but just a single day
touching this deathless blissful state.
Dhammapada Illustration 114 Background Story 114


CRUCIAL
Even if one should live a full hundred years,
if not reflecting on the Buddha-Dhamma supreme,
better it would be to live but just a single day pondering
the sublimity of the Dhamma.
Dhammapada Illustration 115 Background Story 115



Chapter IX Evil - Pâpa
 
 
INSTANTLY
Act NOW on the instant, hasting to do the good.
While delaying the advantageous action,
the mind slides back & down towards evil.
Dhammapada Illustration 116
Background Story 116

 
NO REPEATS
Should one do bad, one should avoid repeating it again & again,
by denying mind any satisfaction therein, since the accumulation
of ill habit brings great misery.
Dhammapada Illustration 117
Background Story 117
 

SYNERGY
Should one do good, then one should strive to repeat it again & again,
by longing after the advantageous  merit therein, since the accumulation
of good habit brings great, radiant and prolonged bliss.
Dhammapada Illustration 118
Background Story 118

 
ROTTEN FRUIT
Even as long as the results of bad action has not yet matured,
the wrong doer may live in luck. However, when the bitter fruit
of evil action falls, the wrong doer experiences only pain.
Dhammapada Illustration 119
Background Story 119_120

 
SWEET FRUIT
Even as long as the results of good action has not yet ripened,
the good doer may live in vain. However, when the sweet fruit of
good action arises, the good doer experiences only happiness.
Dhammapada Illustration 120
Background Story 119_120

 
LITTLE BY LITTLE
One should not underestimate the bad as mere trifle
by saying "It will not come to me" .... Since even as a jar
is filled in rain - drop by drop - even & exactly so do
the fool fill himself with habit of bad, wrong & evil.
Dhammapada Illustration 121
Background Story 121

 
STEP BY STEP
One should neither underestimate the good as mere trifle
by saying "It will not come to me" .... Since even as a jar
is filled in rain - drop by drop - even & exactly so do
the wise fill himself with merit of good beneficial doings.
Dhammapada Illustration 122 Background Story 122

 
WISE AVOIDANCE
As a merchant carrying wealth avoids a route with bandits
and as a loving life avoids poisonous food, even & exactly so
should one avoid all bad, low, lousy, wrong & evil behaviour.
Dhammapada Illustration 123 Background Story 123
 
 
PROTECTIVE INNOCENCE
The hand that has no wound, can handle any poison,
since poison cannot enter an intact unwounded hand.
Even & exactly so is the innocent protected from all evil.
Dhammapada Illustration 124 Background Story 124

 
NEMESIS
Whoever harms the harmless and innocent beings,
upon such evil fool pain promptly returns just as dust
thrown against the wind.
Dhammapada Illustration 125 Background Story 125

 
DESTINATIONS
Some return as humans. The evil-doers fall into the Hells.
The good-doers re-arise among the Divine.
The Arahats gain Nibbana.
Dhammapada Illustration 126 Background Story 126
 
 
INEVITABLE ECHO
Neither in the most distant & remote part of space,
nor under the deepest floor of any ocean,  nor hiding
in the darkest black of any cave, can anyone escape
the inevitable painful consequences of own evil behaviour...
Dhammapada Illustration 127 Background Story 127

 
END-MAKER
Neither in the distant space, nor in the deepest ocean,
nor in the darkest cave, can anyone escape the crushing
fact of Death ...!!!
Dhammapada Illustration 128 Background Story 128






Chapter X Violence - Danda
 

ULTIMATE WRONG
All sentient beings feel pain from violence...
All sentient beings fear death in panic!
Seeing other beings are like oneself;
Treating other beings like oneself;
One should never ever harm or kill ...

Dhammapada Illustration 129
Background Story 129

 
ETERNAL LAW
All sentient beings feel pain from violence.
All sentient beings love their life.
Seeing other beings are like oneself;
Treating other beings like oneself;
One should never ever harm or kill ...
Dhammapada Illustration 130
Background Story 130

 
LOSS
Whoever injures, with weapon or stick, beings
searching for their happiness - when after death -
seeking some happiness, such fool never finds it!
Dhammapada Illustration 131
Background Story 131+132

 
GAIN
Whoever never injures, neither with weapon nor stick,
beings searching for their happiness - when after death -
seeking same happiness, such gentle one always gains it!

Dhammapada Illustration 132
Background Story 131+132
 
 
BOOMERANG
Do not ever speak harsh & angry words.
Such is always retaliated with angry talk.
Painful indeed is arrogant speech.
The inevitable retaliation invariably falls
back on such proud boaster.
Dhammapada Illustration 133
Background Story 133+134

 
SILENCED
If silent as a broken bell,
such one is close to Nibbana,
and far away from arrogance.
Dhammapada Illustration 134
Background Story 133+134

 
DRIVEN
Exactly as a cowherd drives the cows forward,
even & exactly so do aging, sickness & death
drive all beings forwards towards the End.

Dhammapada Illustration 135 Background Story 135
 

BURNT
When doing evil the fool does not recognize the bad as wrong.
Afterwards such simpleton is burnt, as with a fire lit by himself.
Dhammapada Illustration 136 Background Story 136
 

10 CONSEQUENCES OF ILL ACTION
Whoever is violent against the harmless;
Whoever offends the innocent;
Such fool quite quickly experiences one of these 10 states:
The fool may suffer acute pain, disaster, injures of body,
severe sickness, insanity, lawsuits from police, accusations,
loss of wealth, fire burns his house & right after death,
he re-arise in the painful worlds or the
niraya hells ...
Dhammapada Illustration 137-140 Background Story 137-140
 
 
FUTILITY
Neither by nakedness, nor matted hair, nor by filth,
nor fasting, nor by sleeping on bare ground, nor by ashes,
dust or awkward positions of the body, can any mortal
being who is in doubt, purify his mind.
Dhammapada Illustration 141 Background Story 141
 
 
ADORNED
Although a man is richly dressed and adorned,
if he is at peace, at ease, in equanimity, calmed,
composed, controlled, celibate and harmless,
then verily he is a Brahman, a recluse, a Bhikkhu ...
Dhammapada Illustration 142 Background Story 142

 
The FAST Lane PROGRESSOR!
Is there a human here so controlled by modesty,
that critique is taken as the horse takes the whip:
By increasing speed by increasing effort?
Dhammapada Illustration 143 Background Story 143+144

 
FINAL JOB
Using the tools of conviction, morality, effort, determination,
meditation and true understanding of this Dhamma,
one gradually perfect first knowledge, then behavior.
So equipped & aware one may eliminate all of this
great suffering once and for all ...
Dhammapada Illustration 144 Background Story 143+144

 
PURSUITS
Truly canal makers lead the water.
Arrow makers straighten the shafts.
And Carpenters plane the wood.
But the Noble Ones refine their mind.
Dhammapada Illustration 145 Background Story 145




 
Chapter XI Aging - Jâra

 
INAPPROPRIATE
Why laugh? Why party? Always is this world burning!
In such darkness, why don't you seek the light?
Dhammapada Illustration 146
Background Story 146

 
THE BODY
See this painted puppet, one big mass of sores,
a diseased frame of skin drawn upon bones,
often possessing many evil thoughts,
much adored & beloved, yet it is neither
stable, nor lasting, but always decaying  ...
Dhammapada Illustration 147
Background Story 147

 
ONLY a filthy FRAME ...
Any body will inevitably crumble, only a fragile form,
a nest of disease, just a rotting mass of deception,
since its life surely always ends in Decay and Death ...
Dhammapada Illustration 148
Background Story 148

 
Bare BONES
Like withered leaves scattered by the autumn wind are these
pale ashen bones. What happiness can there ever be in them?
Dhammapada Illustration 149
Background Story 149

 
"MY" BODY = BAG of BONES ...
It is a bag held up by bones, plastered with skin, full of blood,
slime, snot and flesh. In it lives only aging, sickness, death,
puffed up pride and self-deceit. Dhammapada 150
Dhammapada Illustration 150
Background Story 150
 

THE GOOD TO GOOD
Even brilliantly painted cars break down.
Exactly so do this body wear out & fall.
The Peaceful State, however, never grows old.
The good teach this good, only to the good ...
Dhammapada Illustration 151
Background Story 151

 
THE OX
The fool of sparse learning, grows old like an Ox;
His flesh increases, but his knowledge not ...
Dhammapada Illustration 152
Background Story 152

 
CRAVING AS CREATOR
Through a countless  number of painful rebirths have
I gone seeking the creator, the house-builder...
Now I see you house-builder; you shall never ever build this house again!
All your rafters are now broken. The main roof beam is shattered!
This mind is all stilled by having eliminated every trace of craving ...
Dhammapada Illustration 153-154
Background Story 153+154
 

DRY POND WAITING ...
Those who neither live the Noble life,
nor in youth spare up to their own welfare as old,
wander about like herons in a dried out pond, like worn out tools,
wailing in vain about
their past glory...
Dhammapada Illustration 155-156
Background Story 155+156





Chapter XII Self - Atta

 
AWAKE & AWARE ...
If one regards oneself as precious, one should guard this life well:
Both in youth, in middle & old age, and during all the 3 watches of the night
one should remain awake and acutely aware.
Dhammapada Illustration 157
Background Story 157

 
PROPER ORDER
First one should establish oneself in what is right.
Then from there, one can well instruct others.
Doing so, the clever one will not be criticized.
Dhammapada Illustration 158
Background Story 158

 
SITTING
First one should make oneself, exactly that which
one instructs others to be ... Only well tamed oneself
is one able to tame others. Self is hard to tame in
praxis, yet not so in only theory.
Dhammapada Illustration 159
Background Story 159

 
SAVIOUR
One truly is the protector of oneself!
Who else can ever save or protect you?
With oneself well tamed, and well controlled
one gains a saviour otherwise very hard to find.
Dhammapada Illustration 160
Background Story 160

 
BACKLASH
By self alone is evil done. Even so is evil born of self,
originated in self, initiated by & in self.
This self crushes the fool like a diamond-drill
grinds even very hard and precious stones.
Dhammapada Illustration 161
Background Story 161

 
DOMINATED from INSIDE ...
The one whose inner evil has strangulated & consumed the whole of his mind,
like a creeper gradually overgrows & suffocates even the tallest tree,
is without compare his own worst enemy ..
Dhammapada Illustration 162
Background Story 162

 
ACIDIC ASYMMETRY ...
So easy and swift is it, to do what is wrong, evil, bad, and detrimental
both for oneself and for others. While doing a fine good, which is advantageous
both to oneself and for others, is quite difficult to do.
Dhammapada Illustration 163
Background Story 163

 
SELF-DESTRUCTIVE VIEW
The fool, who absorbed in false views reviles the Dhamma
of the Arahats, the Noble & the righteous, thereby sow &
later reap his own destruction.
Dhammapada Illustration 164
Background Story 164


NO OTHER
By self alone, is harm done.
By self alone, does one suffer from own evil.
By self alone, is harm left undone.
By self alone, is one purified & thereby saved.
Both destruction and salvation is work of self.
No-one can purify another.
Dhammapada Illustration 165
Background Story 165

 
GOOD-FOR-BOTH
Let no-one neglect own future benefit for the sake of another,
even if seemingly important. Focused on own good freedom,
one should study, practice & train towards that advantage.
Dhammapada Illustration 166
Background Story 166





Chapter XIII: World - Loka

 
INDULGING
One should neither live a low life,
nor a careless life, nor have false views,
nor be captivated by this world.
Dhammapada Illustration 167
Background Story 167

 
INVESTMENT
Exerting oneself, not careless,
one should live the Dhamma.
By living according to Dhamma,
harmony is assured & one sleeps
happily here & in next world.
Dhammapada Illustration 168
Background Story 168+169
 

HERE & THERE
One should practice this Dhamma well,
avoiding being sloppy or inaccurate.
One practicing the Buddha-Dhamma
both in spirit & letter lives blissfully both
here in this world & the next to come.
Dhammapada Illustration 169
Background Story 168+169

 

UNSEEN even by DEATH ...

One regarding all worldly life exactly as lasting as a bursting bubble,
as illusive as a hallucination is forever unseen even by the King of Death. 
Dhammapada Illustration 170
Background Story 170
 
 
EMPTY GLITTER...
Come & see this fake world as a painted postcard, wherein fools flounder
& helplessly sink, while the clever remains aloof & detached.
Dhammapada Illustration 171
Background Story 171
 

BRIGHT
The one, who was careless earlier, but not anymore,
illuminates this world shining just as bright,
as the full moon free from clouds..
Dhammapada Illustration 172
Background Story 172

 
CLEARED
The one who cover past mistakes with good doings,
such one indeed illuminates this world,
as the full moon freed from cloud.
Dhammapada Illustration 173
Background Story 173
 
 
FEW are FINE ...
Blinded is this world, few are those who can see.
Even fewer become divine, than birds escape the net.
Dhammapada Illustration 174
Background Story 174

 
QUITE ELEVATE & at EASE ...
Like swans traverse the sky, real men fly through space by their psychic powers.
The wise & resolute exits this world, after having conquered Mara & his army.
Dhammapada Illustration 175
Background Story 175
 

BAD UNLIMITED
There are those, who break the holy vows,
who speak false, deceive & pretend,
who thus cannot hope for a good future,
There is no evil such ones cannot do ... !

Dhammapada Illustration 176
Background Story 176

 
RIGHT PRAISING
The miser cannot go divine.
The fool cannot praise giving.
The clever though rejoicing in giving,
thereby wins bliss in a next higher world.
Dhammapada Illustration 177
Background Story 177

 
SOLE SUPREME SAFETY
In comparison with kingship over whole earth, in comparison with re-arising
in a divine dimension, even in comparison with supremacy over all worlds,
the fruit of entering the stream - Sotapatti Fruition - is the supreme excellence.
Dhammapada Illustration 178
Background Story 178






Chapter XIV: Awakened - Buddha

 
TRULY INFINITE ...
The One whose victory cannot ever be defeated by anyone or anything,
is so for ever unconquered. Such one is the Buddha: Unlimited in range,
infinite in powers, trace and trackless. How can one ever tempt, lure or
mislead such Noble One?
 Dhammapada Illustration 179
Background Story 179+180

 
FEARLESS and UNLIMITED in RANGE ...
Lacking all urge, craving & clinging, nowhere searching, such is the Buddha.
Of infinite range, of unlimited power, trace & trackless.
By what will you scare or force such one?
Dhammapada Illustration 180
Background Story 179+180
 
 
DIVINE
Whoever are devoted to meditation,
never giving it up halfway;
Whoever are delighted in leaving all worldly trouble,
not clinging to anything;
Whoever are so acutely aware, alert & awake,
Yeah, even Enlightened; for such Noble Ones
even the Divine Devas are longing.
Dhammapada Illustration 181
Background Story 181
 

EXQUISITE
Rare is it to obtain birth in this precious human state;
Hard is life of those prone to death;
Difficult it is just to get the possibility of hearing
this true Buddha-Dhamma;
Exquisite is the appearance of Buddhas.
Dhammapada Illustration 182
Background Story 182
 
 
6-WORD EXACT
Avoiding all Harm;
Doing only Good;
Purifying the Mind;
That is the Buddha-Dhamma!
Dhammapada Illustration 183
Background Story 183_184_185

 
TOLERANT
Patience is the highest praxis.
Nibbana is the supreme state.
So all Buddhas say.
The violent one, is not a Recluse.
The harmful one, is not a Bhikkhu.
Dhammapada Illustration 184
Background Story 183_184_185

 
SWEET and SIMPLE ...
Neither blaming, nor harming; Disciplined by the Dhamma-Vinaya code,
moderated in eating, secluded in dwelling, exertion in meditation:
This is the method of all the Buddhas ..
Dhammapada Illustration 185
Background Story 183_184_185


DUMMY DECOY
Not even a rain of money gives lasting satisfaction.
The clever knows that to be just a short-lived pleasure
always followed by frustration!
Dhammapada Illustration 186 Background Story 186+187
 

IRREVERSIBLE EASE ...
Not even with Divine Delight is the Wise One content.
The true Disciple of the Supremely Awakened One is
only appeased by the utter elimination of Craving.
Dhammapada Illustration 187 Background Story 186+187

 
SAFE
To mountains, forests, caves, temples, parks & tress
people run, when gravely scared. Such places - however -
cannot ever offer any secure safety nor any final escape.
Not by these are we freed from suffering ... However;
Whoever seeks the guaranteed safety in the 3 jewels:
The Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha;
Whoever clearly understands the 4 Noble Truths:
Suffering, Origin of, End of, and The Way to escape Suffering;
By this sure refuge only, by this very sole shelter,
final & absolute secure safety is found in freedom from all Suffering ...
Dhammapada Illustration 188-192 Background Story 188-192

 
NOBLE
It is not easy to find a man of Noble birth.
Such one is not born everywhere.
Wherever he is born, his family prospers.
Dhammapada Illustration 193 Background Story 193


EMERGENCE of HARMONY
Pleasant is the arising of a Buddha.
Pleasant is the teaching of the Dhamma.
Pleasant is peace & unity in the Sangha.
Pleasant is the harmony of those united.
Dhammapada Illustration 194 Background Story 194

 
The HONOURABLE...
Those who honour those worthy of homage: Namely the Buddha  
and all those of his disciples who are unhindered, sorrowless,
fearless, and fine finders of Nibbana, the merit they gain from
such well directed reverence and venerated respect cannot be
estimated by anyone...

Dhammapada Illustration 195-196 Background Story 195+196





Chapter XV Happy - Sukha

PEACEFUL JOY
Happy indeed we live, friendly even among the hostile.
Amidst angry people we dwell free from hatred.
Dhammapada Illustration 197 Background Story 197+198+199

 
CONTENTED
Oh let us live happily! Freed from discontent,
going easy among those, who want ever more.
Among those dissatisfied let us live free from
any discontent.
Dhammapada Illustration 198
Background Story 197+198+199
         

DETACHED
Oh let us live happily! Freed from attachment,

ever
free from longing, disentangled, released
among those, who are entangled, involved,
& always longing. Among those hoping and
longing, let us live free from all yearning.
Dhammapada Illustration 199 Background Story 197+198+199
 
 
NOTHING
Oh let us live happily! Having nothing at all!
Let us feed on Joy, just like the bright shining Devas.
Dhammapada Illustration 200 Background Story 200
 
 
WINNING EASE ;-)
The winner breeds haug
hty arrogance , while the loser lies down frustrated.
However: The One gone beyond both victory and defeat lives happily,
calmed in the peace of ease.
Dhammapada Illustration 201 Background Story 201
 
 
COOLED, STILLED and HAPPY :-) _/\_
There is no fire, like the fire of Lust. There is no evil, like the evil of Hate.
There is no suffering, like Samsaric Existence. There is no Bliss greater
than the Happiness of Absolute Peace: the supreme Tranquillity of Nibbāna...
Dhammapada Illustration 202 Background Story 202

 
The SOURCES of EXISTENCE ...
Hunger is the worst pain. The components of being: Form, Feeling, Perception,
mental Construction & Consciousness is the primary source of all this Suffering!
Knowing this subtle fact directly & fully is Nibbana - The sublime & supreme Bliss!
Dhammapada Illustration 203 Background Story 203
 
 
GREAT
Health is the greatest gain.
Contentment is the greatest treasure.
Confidence is the greatest company.
Nibbana is the greatest Bliss ...
Dhammapada Illustration 204 Background Story 204
 

SWEET
The one who has tasted the sweetness of solitude
in cooled calm, such one fears not, wrongdo not,
as so indeed is the sweetness of the joy of Dhamma.
Dhammapada Illustration 205 Background Story 205
 
 
NOBLE ADVANTAGE ...
Even just to see a Noble is advantageous.
To live with the Noble is quite pleasant.
Pleasing is it to be free from fools. 

Dhammapada Illustration 206 Background Story 206+207+208

 
SIMPLETON REGRET ...
One regrets following fools for quite a while, since any company with simpletons
always brings much frustration just as contact with an evil enemy.
Otherwise pleasant & inspiring is company with the calmed ones,
just as a meeting with a senior relative.
Dhammapada Illustration 207 Background Story 206+207+208

 
TRACKING
One should follow those who are determined, tolerant, and enduring,
intelligent, wise, diligent, clever, good-willed and evidently Noble.
One shall stick to them as the moon remains in its regular orbit.
Dhammapada Illustration 208 Background Story 206+207+208




Chapter  XVI: Dear – Piya
 
 
FOOLING AROUND, HANKERING & YEARNING ...
Absorbed in distractions, not paying appropriate attention, giving up the goal,
hunting simple pleasures, one comes to envy those, who exert right effort!
Dhammapada Illustration 209
Background Story 209+210+211


SURE LINK-2-PAIN ...
Do not cling in panic to what & whom you like, nor violently avoid any dislikes,
since both the inevitable separation with what is liked, and also the inevitable
contact with many dislikes, is a link to suffering.
Dhammapada Illustration 210 Background Story 209+210+211


UNBOUND
Consequently: Hold nothing dear or beloved!
Separation from the dear & delightful is painful.
For those for whom there are:
Neither any dear, nor any disliked;
Neither any pleasant, nor any unpleasant;
No such snaring ties can ever exist ... !!!
Dhammapada Illustration 211 Background Story 209+210+211
 

LOSS is INEVITABLE ...
From affection springs sorrow (from loss of the dear).
From affection grows fear (over loosing whatever is dear)..
Wholly freed from affection, there cannot ever come such sorrow
and much less any fear.
Dhammapada Illustration 212 Background Story 212
 

CAPTIVATING CAPTIVITY ...
From thinking on whatever is attractive arises frustration (over not possessing it).
From thought of whatever is appealing arises also fear (of not getting it, or losing it).
The one wholly freed from captivating, tempting and seductive thoughts is never ever
frustrated, nor ever in fear. 
Dhammapada Illustration 213 Background Story 213
 

INEVITABLE CONSEQUENCE ...
From lust springs frustration, from lust arises fear..
Freed from all lust, one neither sorrows, nor fears!
Dhammapada Illustration 214 Background Story 214


TOO HOT to HANDLE ...
From love comes sadness. From love comes fear.
Freed from love one is untouched both by sadness and by fear.
Dhammapada Illustration 215 Background Story 215
 

HOOKED on HEDONISM ...
From lust follows pain, from desire follows fear.
Freed from desire there exist neither suffering, nor fear...
Dhammapada Illustration 216 Background Story 216
 

BLAZING MOON
The one perfected in moral & Insight,
faithfully founded in Dhamma,
fulfilling the duty, knowing the truths,
such one is beloved by the many.
Dhammapada Illustration 217 Background Story 217
 

UP-STREAM TRAVELLER ...
If one longs for the undefined, unborn and uncreated state,
with all urge for sensing fully extinguished, then one is an "Up-Stream Traveller".
Dhammapada Illustration 218 Background Story 218

 
RAPTUROUS RETURN ...
A good friend returning from a journey is welcomed back by friends.
Even so when a good-doer is reborn, then his merits receive him like fine friends.
Dhammapada Illustration 219-20 Background Story 219+220
 




Chapter XVII: Anger - Kodha

 
COOLED and STILLED...
One should cool all anger, let go of any pride and relinquish all attachment.
Such cooled one, who does not cling neither to any identity, nor any body,
external form, or any worldly phenomenon can never suffer any misery.
Dhammapada Illustration 221
Background Story 221

 
ANGER MANAGEMENT ...
Whoever does not loose control, even in a rage, like a car pressed in a turn,
him I call 'a Driver', others are merely holders of the wheel.
Dhammapada Illustration 222 Background Story 222


TOOLS

One can only overcome anger with kindness.
One can only conquer evil with good..
One can only win the miser by generosity...
One can only convince the liar with truth....
Dhammapada Illustration 223 Background Story 223


DIVINE FUTURE STATE ...
If one speaks the truth, is not angry and gives whenever asked,
even when one has only a little, one may gain a divine future state.
Dhammapada Illustration 224 Background Story 224

 
FINAL BLISS
The homeless sages, always restrained
in both body & behaviour, finally pass to
the deathless state, where sorrow is not.
Dhammapada Illustration 225 Background Story 225


ENTHUSIASM ELEVATES ...
Those who are always aware & awake by training day & night,
intent only on Nibbana, their mental fermentations evaporate.
Dhammapada Illustration 226 Background Story 226


BLAME
This, Atula, is an ancient saying,
yet timeless & so relevant even today:
They blame the silent one,
They blame the one, who says much,
They blame the one, who says little,
No one in this world is never blamed.
Dhammapada Illustration 227 Background Story 227-230


DRY FACT ...
There never was, neither do there exist now,
nor will there ever be, one who is only praised or only blamed ....
Dhammapada Illustration 228 Background Story 227-230


WELL DESERVED PRAISE ...
The one examined carefully by the wise, yet still praised as outstanding,
wise, learned and good, like refined gold, who can blame such one?
Even the divine Brahma praises such one...
Dhammapada Illustration 229-30
Background Story 227-230

 
EXCHANGE
Angry doings should be overcome by being in control of body,
and by being in control of behaviour. Having so tamed and left
all bad and evil action all behind, one should then cultivate good
deeds of any kind.
Dhammapada Illustration 231
Background Story 231-234

 
EXPRESSION
Angry speech should be avoided, by being in control of word & tongue.
Having so cut and left all angry & evil speech behind, one should
cultivate good & kind speech of any kind.
Dhammapada Illustration 232
Background Story 231-234
 
 
FIRE
Angry thought should be left by control over thought, mind & mood.
Having so cut and left all mental anger all behind,
one should cultivate the friendly & harmless mind.
Dhammapada Illustration 233
Background Story 231-234


MASTERS
The clever ones, who master their behaviour.
The wise ones, who master their speech.
The intelligent ones, who master their thinking
such ones are indeed well controlled.         
Dhammapada Illustration 234 Background Story 231-234


 




Chapter XVIII: Pollutions - Mala
 
 
DEPARTURE
Now, old, you are as a withered leaf.
Death & his slaves are waiting upon you.
So now even at the point of departure you
have no provision for the journey.
Dhammapada Illustration 235
Background Story 235-238

 
ISLAND
Make an island of yourself,
haste to exert effort, be clever.
When your mental defilements
have been cleaned & you have
cleared yourself of passion, then
yours will be the divine state of
exquisite choice.
Dhammapada Illustration 236
Background Story 235-238

 
CLOSING
The end is now ever coming closer.
You are in the presence of Death himself.
There are no resting places on the way.
You have no provisions for the journey...
Dhammapada Illustration 237
Background Story 235-238

 
NOW OR NEVER
Make an island for yourself.
Strive quickly now in exerting effort.
Be the wise one.
When your defilement have been blown away
and you have freed yourself from evil passions;
Never will you again be Aging!
Never will you again be Dying!
Dhammapada Illustration 238
Background Story 235-238

 
GRADUALLY
One by one, step by step, drop by drop, little by little
can one blow away the impurities of one's mind even
& exactly as a smith blows away the impurities of silver.
Dhammapada Illustration 239
Background Story 239


SELF-INFLICTED-FUTURE-CORROSION!
When rust appears the iron is eaten away until collapse.
Even and exactly also with the wrong-doers, their behaviour
steadily corrodes their future by making it painful!
Dhammapada Illustration 240 Background Story 240

 
FOLLY FIASCO FAILURES
Not to learn the Dhamma is misguided education.
Neglect is a failure of the household life.
Laziness is a bad of the beauty.
Carelessness is a blame on those who guard.
Dhammapada Illustration 241 Background Story 241
 

THE REPROACHABLE ....
Lewd adultery is a blemish for any woman.
Niggardliness is a blame for any miser.
All evil ways are blamable, since they cause destruction
both here and in the next existence.
Dhammapada Illustration 242 Background Story 242_243


ROOT
The worst of all to be blamed is ignorance,
the blindness of not knowing. Clear yourself
of this blame, friends, and then remain blameless.
Dhammapada Illustration 243 Background Story 242_243
 
 
EASY
Easy is the shameless life now.
Easy is it to be bold, retaliating,
lazy, uninformed & wrong-viewed.
Dhammapada Illustration 244 Background Story 244_245

 
HARD
Difficult is the life of the humble now!
Difficult is it to ever seek only the pure,
to be detached, composed, restrained,
all blameless with vision cleared.
Dhammapada Illustration 245 Background Story 244_245
 

UNPROTECTED
The one who destroys life;
The one who speaks false;
The one who takes, what is not given;
The one who mates with the partner of another;
The one who is addicted to drinking & drugging;
Such one - even in this world - dig up his own root!!!
Dhammapada Illustration 246-47 Background Story 246-248


EFFECTS
Now listen friend! The uncontrolled falls into bad destinations.
Let not greed & other wrongdoings make yourself suffer long.
Dhammapada Illustration 248 Background Story 246-248

 
ANNOYED
People give as they pleases, according to their faith.
Whoever is annoyed by food & drink given to another,
never finds calm tranquility, neither by day nor at night.
Dhammapada Illustration 249
Background Story 249-250

 
CONTENT
The one who eliminates discontent, tearing it out by the roots,
utterly cuts it out, such one spontaneously becomes absorbed
in the calm of tranquility both by day & by night.
Dhammapada Illustration 250
Background Story 249-250
 

RIVER
There is no fire like lust.
There is no destruction like hate.
There is no snare like delusion.
There is no river like craving.                          
Dhammapada Illustration 251 Background Story 251
 
 
ASYMMETRY
Easy it is to see the faults of others.
Hard it is to see one's own flaws.
We seek after others faults like filtering even pure water,
but we cover up our own flaws like a gambler hide his cards.
Dhammapada Illustration 252 Background Story 252


GROWING DIRT
If one is always intent on finding faults in others,
own defilements grows thereby. Such one is far from
elimination of the mental defilements.
Dhammapada Illustration 253 Background Story 253


FACTS
No path is there in the air.
No monk is there outside this Sasana.
Humans delight in their hindrances,
while Tathagatas have cleared all hindrances.             
Dhammapada Illustration 254 Background Story 254_255


SAMENESS
No path is there in the air.
No monk is there outside this Sasana.
The 5 clusters are not eternal.
The Buddhas display no variation.
Dhammapada Illustration 255 Background Story 254_255


 




Chapter XIX: The Right Truth - Dhammatha

ARBITRARY
Exerting random judgment without prior inquiry,
one is not called righteous. By examining even the most
subtle details of both right and wrong, one is righteous.
Dhammapada Illustration 256 Background Story 256-257
   

JUDGE
The one leading others, yet without forcing them,
in the right way, the true way, such one protected
by Dhamma, intelligent, is righteously called good.
Dhammapada Illustration 257 Background Story 256-257


CLEVER
Not from speaking much, is one called clever.
The patient one, free from anger, free from fear,
only such calmed one, is called clever.
Dhammapada Illustration 258
Background Story 258


ACT ACCORDINGLY
Not from speaking much is one a knower of the Dhamma.
The one, yet having heard only little, but who acts accordingly,
thus demonstrating the real evidence of true understanding,
such one is a knower of the true Dhamma without controversy.
Dhammapada Illustration 259
Background Story 259

 
ELDER
One is not a Thera, just because one's hair is grey.
Though of many years standing, one may be old
only in body, but not yet matured in mind.
Dhammapada Illustration 260
Background Story 260+261

 
THERA
The one who abides by the essence of Dhamma,
is righteous, harmless, moderated & restrained,
who firmly have eliminated any trace of own flaws,
such one is verily an Elder, a Thera ...
Dhammapada Illustration 261
Background Story 260+261


OVERESTIMATION
Neither eloquent speech nor serene complexion
makes one accomplished, if one is still possessed
of envy, miserliness or deceit.
Dhammapada Illustration 262
Background Story 262+263
 

CLEARED
However the one cleared of these flaws,
who has uprooted hatred, who is intelligent,
such one may rightly be designated: "accomplished".
Dhammapada Illustration 263
Background Story 262+263
 

PRETENDING
Not only by shaving the head does one become a recluse!
If without morality, honesty and sincerity, how can one,
who is full of desire and greed ever truly be a recluse?

Dhammapada Illustration 264 Background Story 264+265


BHIKKHU
But he that overcomes all flaws,
both great and small, entirely and
completely, such one is verily a Bhikkhu.
Dhammapada Illustration 265
Background Story 264+265
 

RITUAL
Not merely from receiving alms is one a Bhikkhu.
The one attached to forms and rituals is not
truly to be regarded as a Bhikkhu.
Dhammapada Illustration 266
Background Story 266+267


BEYOND
Whoever drops both good and bad action,
lives celibate, walks through the world aware,
untouched and clever, such one is indeed a Bhikkhu.
Dhammapada Illustration 267 Background Story 266+267


WISE
Silence alone does not make the fool wise.
Digging up truth, rejecting all unbeneficial,
understanding both worlds, one is called
wise.
Dhammapada Illustration 268-69 Background Story 268+269

 
HARMLESS
The Noble is not one, who injures living beings.
The Noble is one, who never injures living beings.
Dhammapada Illustration 270 Background Story 270
 
 
UNPUFFED
Not merely from keeping precept,
nor through thorough learning,
nor by remote solitary lodging,
nor at attainment of calm does
one win the Bliss of Release,
which is unreachable by worldlings.
Bhikkhus, Friends, rest not self-content
until the fermentations are all destroyed.
Dhammapada Illustration 271-72 Background Story 271+272


 



 

Chapter XX: The Way - Magga
 
 
BEST
The Noble 8 fold Way is the best of Ways.
The 4 Noble Truths is the best of Facts.
The Freedom from Craving is the best of States.
The one with clear Vision is the best of Men.
Dhammapada Illustration 273 Background Story 273-276


ONLY WAY
This is the one & only Way.
No other way leads to purity of vision.
Come! friend, enter this way and you will confuse Mara!
Dhammapada Illustration 274 Background Story 273-276


SUPREME
Entering this Way one may End all Pain!
This is the only Way I have preached,
since it removes the arrow of greed.
Dhammapada Illustration 275 Background Story 273-276


YOUR WAY!
It is YOU! who must do the job.
The Buddhas only points out the way.
Those who enters this unidirectional way,
win by meditation release from Maras bondage.
Dhammapada Illustration 276 Background Story 273-276

 
INEVITABLE DECAY induces the NOBLE WAY!
Impermanent, momentary, and vanishing are all phenomena!
Whoever sees and understand this, becomes disgusted
with all this Suffering. This is the path to Purification!
Dhammapada Illustration 277 Background Story 277-279

 
STRESS
All elements of being; All phenomena existing;
Are connected with Suffering & Misery!
Whoever fully perceives this with Insight
straightaway develops immunity to suffering.
This is the way to pure freedom.
Dhammapada Illustration 278 Background Story 277-279

 
DIFFERENT & EMPTY
Lacking entity; Without a self; Empty;
Are all phenomena existing.
Whoever fully perceives this with Insight
straightaway develops immunity to suffering.
This is the way to pure freedom.
Dhammapada Illustration 279 Background Story 277-279
 
 
LAZY
The one not rising, when it is time to rise;
Who though young & strong, is weak in mind,
soft in will, lazy of nature, such good-for-nothing
one never finds the path to Insight.
Dhammapada Illustration 280 Background Story 280
 

3 ACTIVITIES
One should guard all actions whether mental, verbal or bodily.
When one have cleared and made pure these 3 doors of activity,
one have gained the path of the sages ...
Dhammapada Illustration 281 Background Story 281
 
 
GROWING OR LOOSING
From meditation wisdom grows.
From lack of meditation wisdom fades.
The one knowing this relation of growth and loss
should settle with solid determination on the
way to growth of wisdom by understanding.
Dhammapada Illustration 282 Background Story 282


FOREST OF LUST
Cut down the hole forest of desires, not only single trees,
since from this forest of greed grows fear. Cut down all
of this forest, Bhikkhu, and uproot its undergrowth
and you shall be freed from the chain of craving.
Dhammapada Illustration 283 Background Story 283-284

 
DEPENDENCE
For so long as a man is possessed of even microscopic
lust for women, for exactly so long is he in bondage as
the calf to it's mother cow.
Dhammapada Illustration 284 Background Story 283-284


FATAL SELF-ROMANCE
Cut off the love for yourself as you cut off the
stalk of a flower. Develop calm cool tranquility.
The happy ones have all pointed out this very
Way to Nibbana.
Dhammapada Illustration 285 Background Story 285
 

SURE DEATH
"So here I will stay & remain summer, and winter."
imagines the fool, unaware of his certain death.
Dhammapada Illustration 286 Background Story 286

 
ENGAGED-ENCAGED
When a man is in love with his sons, friends and family,
then his mind is passionately absorbed therein.
So distracted, the King of Death carry him off as a
raging torrent sweeps away the sleeping village.
Dhammapada Illustration 287 Background Story 287

 
LONGING
Sons, children, family cannot provide any refuge
nor shelter for anyone being prone to Death.
[Even though they live it is as if they exist not.
How much less can they provide any protection
nor safety against death?]
Dhammapada Illustration 288 Background Story 288-289

 
AWARE OF FACTS
The man who understands this inevitable death, if clever,
lives pure morally, while keenly clearing with great urge
his path to Nibbana.                                 
Dhammapada Illustration 289 Background Story 288-289






Chapter XXI Various - Pakinnaka

 
RATIONAL EXCHANGE
If one gains a bigger pleasure by leaving a small pleasure,
the clever one should exchange the tremendous for the
trifling pleasure, by leaving the latter behind.
Dhammapada Illustration 290
Background Story 290

 
EGOISM
Whoever by seeking only own happiness causes another to suffer,
becomes entangled in aversion thereby and is never freed from
this poison of 'going against the harmony' when doing so.
Dhammapada Illustration 291
Background Story 291

 
WRONG PRIORITY
If one deliberately leave undone, what should be done,
while doing that, which should be left undone, then the
impurity of one's carelessness & arrogance off course
can only ever increase.
Dhammapada Illustration 292 Background Story 292+293
 

RIGHT DIRECTION
They who are devoted to meditation on the body,
who leave undone, what should not be done,
who diligently
do, what should be done,
who by so paying rational & well directed attention,
will gradually clear themselves of all impurity.
Dhammapada Illustration 293
Background Story 292+293


METAPHORICAL-1:
Having killed the mother=craving, the father=conceit, and
the two kings=Eternity-belief and Annihilation-belief,
and having destroyed the kingdom=sense sources & objects,
together with its following associate=clinging & attachment,
the Best One=Arahat is released from all Pain=Dukkha.
 
Dhammapada Illustration 294 Background Story 294+295


METAPHORICAL-2
Having killed mother, father, the two brahmin kings and having
destroyed the hindrances of which the fifth is doubt is like
a dangerous journey, the Best One is freed from all Pain.

Dhammapada Illustration 295 Background Story 294+295


MEDITATION-1
Ever are the true disciples of the Buddha
well awake & quite aware. Constantly they
meditate both day & night on the Buddha.
Dhammapada Illustration 296
Background Story 296-301
         
 
MEDITATION-2
Ever are the true disciples of the Buddha
well awake & quite aware. Constantly they
meditate both day & night on the Dhamma.
Dhammapada Illustration 297 Background Story 296-301

 
MEDITATION-3
Ever are the true disciples of the Buddha
well awake & quite aware. Constantly they
meditate both day & night on the Sangha.
Dhammapada Illustration 298 Background Story 296-301


MEDITATION-4
Ever are the true disciples of the Buddha
well awake & quite aware. Constantly they
meditate both day & night on the Body.
Dhammapada Illustration 299 Background Story 296-301

 
MEDITATION-5
Ever are the true disciples of the Buddha
well awake & quite aware. Constantly they
meditate both day & night on Harmlessness.
Dhammapada Illustration 300 Background Story 296-301

 
MEDITATION-DELIGHT
Ever are the true disciples of the Buddha
well awake & quite aware. Constantly their
minds delight both day & night in meditation.
Dhammapada Illustration 301 Background Story 296-301

 
DIFFICULT
Hard is the monk life, difficult to enjoy.
Hard is the worldly life, stressed is the household.
Hard is company with those not in harmony.
Hard is the suffering inherent in the round of existence.
Therefore should one stop drifting along chained to these pains.
Dhammapada Illustration 302 Background Story 302
 

FAITH & RESULTS
Wherever the one with faith, fame, moral virtue, & wealth
rightly gained goes, there he is honored accordingly.
Dhammapada Illustration 303
Background Story 303
 
 
NON-LOCAL=GLOBAL=UNIVERSAL
Even from afar the good are manifested,
as the Himalayas are seen even long way off.
Those lacking goodness are not even recognized
right here, as arrows shot out in the dark are unseen.
Dhammapada Illustration 304 Background Story 304


ALONE
The one who sits solitary, lives solitary,
walks & trains solitary finds great delight
in the forest...
Dhammapada Illustration 305 Background Story 305






Chapter XXII: Hell - Niraya
 
 
HOT TICKET
Those who falsely declare: "That indeed happened",
about what did not happen or: "I did not do that",
about what they actually did, earn themselves
a hot ticket to a future in Hell.

Dhammapada Illustration 306
Background Story 306


AFLAME
Even in a yellow robe some do evil.
Caused by these uncontrolled deeds
they rearise in Hell all aflame.
Dhammapada Illustration 307 Background Story 307


CORRUPT
Better is to swallow a red-hot glowing iron ball,
than living of the country's almsfood, while secretly
corrupt, perverse and all lacking in self-control.
Dhammapada Illustration 308 Background Story 308
 

THE LOVERBOY
By mating other men's wives 4 ills
dawn upon the so careless & horny one:
Bad reputation, Bad sleep, Blame, & Hell ...
Dhammapada Illustration 309 Background Story 309+310

 
SHORT FUN
Bad Karma, ill future state, brief pleasure,
fear & public punishment are consequences
of running after others partners.
Dhammapada Illustration 310 Background Story 309+310


WRONG HANDLING
Even as grass wrongly handled can cut the hand,
even & exactly so can monk-hood, badly handled,
lead to Hell.
Dhammapada Illustration 311 Background Story 311-313

 
LAX & LOOSE
Being sloppy, corrupt in deed,
loose in chastity, cannot ever
bring any great fruit.
Dhammapada Illustration 312 Background Story 311-313

 
SCATTER OF DUST
Do whatever should be done with all you got.
The lax recluse merely scatters the dust.
Dhammapada Illustration 313 Background Story 311-313

 
BASICS
Let any evil be undone, since it surely brings only pain.
Do all & any good, since such certainly brings only bliss.
Dhammapada Illustration 314 Background Story 314

 
FATAL MOMENT
Even & exactly as a Fort is well guarded
both within & without, even so should
one guard oneself not letting even a single
moment slip by unnoticed. One who let even
short moments slip by off guard, may later
mourn & regret even in Hell ...
Dhammapada Illustration 315 Background Story 315


MIS-UNDERSTANDING
Feeling shame without reason while
not feeling shame, when well reasoned;
such confusions lead to a painful future state ...
Dhammapada Illustration 316 Background Story 316+317

 
BLINDED
Fearing something where there is nothing to fear,
while not afraid, when there really is something to fear;
such confusions lead to a painful future state ...
Dhammapada Illustration 317 Background Story 316+317
 
 
WRONG VIEW
Seeing wrong where there is no wrong,
while ignoring the wrong, when it really is there,
such false views lead to a painful future state...

Dhammapada Illustration 318 Background Story 318+319


HAPPY VIEW
Knowing the wrong as wrong
and the right to be right;
such correct views brings one to
a happy future state.
Dhammapada Illustration 319 Background Story 318+319


 




Chapter XXIII: The Elephant - Nâga
           
 
ABUSE
Even as a
battle elephant endures arrows from all directions,
Even & exactly so must one endure various words of abuse.
Since the majority of people are primitive and wicked.
Dhammapada Illustration 320 Background Story 320+321+322


ENDURANCE
Only tamed Elephants are lead to battle.
Only tamed Elephants do kings ride.
The tamed is best, when patiently enduring abuse.
Dhammapada Illustration 321 Background Story 320+321+322

WELL DONE
Quite excellent are well trained & completely tamed
Elephants and full-blooded horses, yet far better is
the one, who have tamed himself ....
Dhammapada Illustration 322 Background Story 320+321+322


RIDING
Not by Taming elephants can one reach the beyond.
Only by Taming own mind can one reach the beyond.
Dhammapada Illustration 323 Background Story 323

REMEMBRANCE
The rutting elephant is hard to control.
Remembering the elephant grove, it will
not eat even a single mouthful of food.
Dhammapada Illustration 324 Background Story 324


OVER-FED
The one who eats without moderation is after-wards
attacked by drowsiness & laziness. So in-activated
this fat fool will enter the womb again and again.
Dhammapada Illustration 325 Background Story 325


SCATTER-MINDED
Thoughts wander first here & then there, crossing
and turning where and whenever they like.
Therefore control your thoughts like the mahout
drives the Elephant with a strong hook.
Dhammapada Illustration 326 Background Story 326

 
STUCK IN MUD
Be happy while careful.
Watch over the thoughts.
Pull yourself out from the quagmire
as the stuck elephant rise from the mud.
Dhammapada Illustration 327 Background Story 327


FRIEND
If one can find a companion, upright, straight & firm,
then walk along with him in joy & awareness,
so overcoming all danger.
Dhammapada Illustration 328 Background Story 328-330

 
SOLITUDE
If one cannot find a clever companion, upright, straight & firm,
then walk alone like a king leaving the kingdom, like an Elephant
freely roam in all the forest.
Dhammapada Illustration 329 Background Story 328-330
 
 
SOLITARY FREEDOM
Life in solitude is better than friendship with the fool.
Let the one live alone, acting only right, freed from greed,
like the Elephant freely roam in all the forest.
Dhammapada Illustration 330 Background Story 328-330
 

PLEASANT
Pleasant are friends, when a need arises.
Pleasant is all fun, when shared with friends.
Pleasant is the stored merit of good at the moment of death.
Pleasant is it to leave behind all Suffering.
Pleasant is being a Father.
Pleasant is being a Mother.
Pleasant is being a Bhikkhu.
Pleasant is the state of the accomplished.
Pleasant is a prior righteous life, when old.
Pleasant is faith, when firmly established, unshakable by doubt.
Pleasant is the arising of Insight.
Pleasant is the avoidance of all Evil.
Yeah!
Dhammapada Illustration 331-33 Background Story 331-333






Chapter XXIV: Craving - Tanhâ


JUMPING
In the one, who is careless & not paying attention, craving grows
just like a creeper! Then one jumps here & there, from life to life,
like a monkey in the forest, always searching for sweet fruit.
Dhammapada Illustration 334 Background Story 334-337

 
CULTIVATING PAIN
Whoever is overcome by this fierce craving, clinging to the world,
for such one the sorrows increase like watered grass grows high.
Dhammapada Illustration 335 Background Story 334-337


SHEDDING SORROW
Whoever overcomes this fierce craving, so hard to subdue,
from such one all sorrow detaches and falls away just like
water drops running off a lotus leaf.
Dhammapada Illustration 336 Background Story 334-337

 
DIG UP THE ROOT OF ILL
So this I say to all of you: Dig up this evil root of Craving,
like a potato. Let not Mara break & destroy you again & again
like a storm, which breaks the many fragile straws.
Dhammapada Illustration 337 Background Story 334-337
 

UPROOTING CRAVING
As a felled tree sprouts again if the root is uncut,
even & exactly so do this suffering return & grow
ever again & again, if this root of craving is not
completely cut, uprooted, crushed & eliminated .
Dhammapada Illustration 338 Background Story 338-343


CARRIED AWAY
The one in whom the 36 streams of craving
are forcefully running towards sensing pleasure:
Is misguided, is misdirected, is swept away by this lust.
Dhammapada Illustration 339 Background Story 338-343


CREEPER
The stream of craving flows always & in all directions.
When this creeper of craving shoots up and stands strong,
then cut it off at the Root, immediately, right there & then.
Dhammapada Illustration 340 Background Story 338-343


PLEASURE, BIRTH, DECAY & DEATH
Flowing freely like greasy glue is the delight of beings.
Humans obsessed with this pleasure, always searching
a satisfaction not lasting, return to birth, decay, aging,
sickness and death ever again & again.
Dhammapada Illustration 341 Background Story 338-343


MISERY
Obsessed by craving do humans dart to & fro,
like a haunted hare. Bound by clinging in
panic,
they undergo misery for exceedingly long periods.
Dhammapada Illustration 342 Background Story 338-343
 
 
THE HERO
Dominated by craving humans dart to & fro,
like a haunted hare. The Bhikkhu therefore
should eliminate all craving by working for
absence of any passion, any lust, any desire.
Dhammapada Illustration 343 Background Story 338-343


THE RENEGADE
Whoever in the forest find freedom from desire,
yet later returns to the household life, is still bound.
Look! Though freed, he is verily running back into
being entangled, in the very same net ...
Dhammapada Illustration 344 Background Story 344

 
BONDS
The wise knows that bonds made of iron, wood or rope
are far weaker than that, which bind beings by obsession
to empty luxury, glittering wealth, wives and sons.
Dhammapada Illustration 345 Background Story 345-346

 
CHAIN OF PLEASURE
That chain of pleasure is indeed mighty strong.
It drags down & is hard to loosen by those, who are weak.
Even this the Wise & Noble Friend cuts by leaving the world,
withdrawing from all sensual pleasures, without urge or longing.
Dhammapada Illustration 346 Background Story 345-346
 
 
CAUGHT IN OWN WEB
Infatuated with lust, impassioned & obsessed,
they are caught in their own self-created net,
like a spider, which spins it's own web.
Cutting through the Wise & Noble Friend go free,
Without longing, leaving all misery behind.
Dhammapada Illustration 347 Background Story 347
 
 
LETTING GO
Let the past be past.
Relinquish the future.
Accept the present, just as it is.
Having so gone to the far shore of being,
mind is freed from all attachments,
from any substrate of existence &
never returns to birth, aging nor death.
Dhammapada Illustration 348 Background Story 348
 

 
CHAINS
Any being, who becomes stirred by attraction,
who is agitated by desire & dominated by lust,
directs only mind towards objects of pleasure...
Thereby craving increases & the chains of this
prison grows ever stronger!
Dhammapada Illustration 349 Background Story 349-350
 

PRISON
Any being, who cools down, stall & still all desires by
being alert & ever aware of the inherent danger,
directing attention only to the disgusting aspects
of all phenomena, such one eliminate craving and
thereby cut the chains of this prison.
Dhammapada Illustration 350 Background Story 349-350
 

FEARLESS
The one who has reached the perfected level,
is fearless, free of craving, desireless & detached.
Such one has broken the hooks of being, and is in
the final phase, wearing the last form.
Dhammapada Illustration 351 Background Story 351-352


GREAT
The one who is freed of craving,
who is detached from any clinging &
who is skilled in language, words & letters,
such one is in the final form - a Great One -.
of Great Wisdom ...
Dhammapada Illustration 352 Background Story 351-352

 
WITHOUT A TEACHER
All have I overcome.
All do I know.
All conditions have I purified.
All states have I perfected.
All have I relinquished & left behind.
By so eliminating all craving, I was freed.
Having so gone beyond all human knowledge,
whom shall I call my teacher ?
Dhammapada Illustration 353 Background Story 353
 
 
THE SUPREME GIFT
The gift of Dhamma surpasses all other gifts.
The taste of Truth excels all other tastes.
The joy of Understanding exceeds all other joys.
The Elimination of craving overcomes & quenches
all ill, all pain, all sorrow, and all suffering ...
Dhammapada Illustration 354 Background Story 354
 
 
RICH RUIN!
Riches & wealth ruins the fool as they make him
ignore the seeking further towards the beyond.
By craving for further riches, the fool destroys himself
even & exactly as if he was destroying others.
Dhammapada Illustration 355 Background Story 355

 
WEEDS
Weeds ruin a field.
Greed ruins a human.
Therefore, alms given to beings
freed from greed, yield great fruit ...
Dhammapada Illustration 356 Background Story 356-359
 
 
WELL PLACED
Weeds ruin a field.
Anger ruins a human.
Therefore, alms given to beings
freed from anger, yield great fruit ...
Dhammapada Illustration 357 Background Story 356-359


NOT MISTY
Weeds ruin a field.
Delusion ruins a human.
Therefore, alms given to beings
freed from confusion, yield great fruit ...
Dhammapada Illustration 358 Background Story 356-359

 
COOLED
Weeds ruin a field.
Excessive desire ruins a human.
Therefore, alms given to beings
freed from the pull of attraction,
yield great fruit ...
Dhammapada Illustration 359 Background Story 356-359


 




Chapter XXV: The Bhikkhu
 
 
GUARDING THE DOORS
Control of the eye is advantageous.
Control of the ear is advantageous.
Control of the nose is advantageous.
Control of the tongue is advantageous.
Control of the body is advantageous.
Control of the speech is advantageous.
Control of the mind is excellent.
Controlled in all & every way is the optimal.
The Bhikkhu so controlled in every way &
Everywhere is all released from all misery.
Dhammapada Illustration 360-61 Background Story 360_361


MASTER
Mastering the hands.
Mastering the feet.
Mastering the speech.
Mastering the thoughts.
Highest Master of Mind;
concentrated & composed,
content in secluded solitude,
such one is called a Bhikkhu ...
Dhammapada Illustration 362 Background Story 362


TRANSMISSION
If a Bhikkhu masters his speech.
If he speaks exact, clever & wise.
If he is not puffed up by ego-pride.
If he expound both text, meaning & spirit.
Then exceedingly sweet, will be his talks.
Dhammapada Illustration 363 Background Story 363

 
DHAMMA-RAMA
The one whose garden of delight, is the Dhamma,
Whose source of joy is the Dhamma,
Who reflects on the Dhamma, ponders the Dhamma,
Who meditates on the Dhamma, such Bhikkhu
Will never loose touch of the Truth in the Sublime Law.
Dhammapada Illustration 364 Background Story 364


ENVY BLOCKS
One should not despise, what is given.
One should neither envy others.
One who envy others cannot attain absorption,
and will never enter any concentrated trance.
Dhammapada Illustration 365 Background Story 365-366


CONTENT
Although receiving little, yet still not despising,
such Bhikkhu even the divines praise as one
of blameless living, tough, solid & steady.
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NEITHER AS 'I' OR 'MINE'
Whoever neither clings, nor craves in any way
to neither name nor form, mentality or materiality.
Who neither dislikes nor fears non-becoming.
Such one is rightly called a Bhikkhu.
Dhammapada Illustration 367 Background Story 367


RADIATING PEACE
The Noble Friend, who dwells in friendly good-will,
who has faith in the Teaching of the Buddha's,
will reach the place of Peace, the mode of ease,
the stilling of all formation,
the calming of all construction,
Happiness itself ...
Dhammapada Illustration 368 Background Story 368-376

 
ALL IN VERY SAME BOAT
Ooh, friend, bail out this boat.
When bailed it surfs light, swift & easy.
Having so dumped all craving & anger,
you will reach Nibbana ... Yeah!
Dhammapada Illustration 369 Background Story 368-376


FIRE (4x5)
Friend!
Cut off the fire. #
Leave behind the fire. &
Develop the fire. $
One who has extinguished the 5 fires %
has crossed the flood.
Dhammapada Illustration 370 Background Story 368-376
 
# five lower fetters
& five higher fetters
$ five mental abilities
% five bonds =
desire, ill will, ignorance, pride and wrong view
 
 
CARELESS
Meditate, monks, do not be careless ...
Do not give in to sensual pleasures.
Being careless is as if swallowing a
glowing metal ball, crying "This is pain'!
Dhammapada Illustration 371 Background Story 368-376
 
 
MUTUAL
No concentration is there for one lacking Insight.
No Insight is there for one lacking concentration.
The meditator, who with Insight into wisdom
abides calmed in trance, is in vicinity of Nibbana.
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EMPTY HOUSE
The Noble Friend, who retires to an empty house,
who has a calmed, stilled & peaceful mind,
who clearly & exactly sees the True Dhamma,
such one experiences a joy not of this world,
a bliss transcending the human ...
Dhammapada Illustration 373 Background Story 368-376
 
 
RISE & FALL
Comprehending the coming into being,
and the ceasing of being of the clusters
of clinging, one experiences a joy,
which leads to & is similar to the
Deathless State ...
Dhammapada Illustration 374 Background Story 368-376

 
BEGIN HERE
This is the proper way to begin for a clever monk:
Guard the Senses;
Be Content;
Keep the Precepts;
Cultivate only friends of pure livelihood,
of lovely moral & who are rightly striving.
Dhammapada Illustration 375 Background Story 368-376

 
SWEET END
Let us be ever cordial in mode,
while completely straight in behavior:
This makes the Joy emerge, that makes
an end of all Suffering ...
Dhammapada Illustration 376 Background Story 368-376

 
DROPPING
As the jasmin drops it's withered flowers,
even & exactly so, friends, should you cast
off all lust & hate.
Dhammapada Illustration 377 Background Story 377

 
COMPOSED
The one who is tranquil in movement, calm in speech,
stilled in thought, collected & composed, who sees right
through & rejects all allurements of this world, such one
is truly called a 'Peaceful One'.
Dhammapada Illustration 378 Background Story 378

 
AUTODIDACT
Urge, incite & teach yourself by yourself!
Examine & evaluate yourself by yourself!
Guard yourself, be aware of yourself, by yourself!
Bhikkhu & you will live in happiness ...
Dhammapada Illustration 379 Background Story 379-380

 
REFUGE
For self is the master of self.
For self is the protector of self.
For self is the savior of self.
Control therefore yourself by taming as one,
who just have bought a new wild horse.
Dhammapada Illustration 380 Background Story 379-380

 
JOY + EASE = PEACE
Full of Joy, content & satisfied, the Noble friend
with perfect confidence in the Teaching of the Buddha,
will reach the place of Peace, the unconditionally
unconditioned, ever same Happiness itself ...
Dhammapada Illustration 381 Background Story 381
 

EARLY ADVANTAGE
That Bhikkhu who devotes himself to the Teaching of the Buddha,
while still young, illuminates this entire World exactly as the
full moon cleared from all clouds ...
Dhammapada Illustration 382 Background Story 382


 




 
Chapter XXVI: The Best One – Brăhmana
 
 
CUT THROUGH
Cleave the stream using force & drive away any lust, Ooh Holy One.
By letting all constructions cease, you will know the uncreated.
Dhammapada Illustration 383 Background Story 383
 

 
TWO-STATE
When the Holy One is beyond the two states of - Calm & Insight -,
all fetters will fall of him, since then he is one who knows ...
Dhammapada Illustration 384 Background Story 384


DISCONNECTED
For whom there is neither this shore,
nor any other shore, nor both, nor any in between,
nor any beyond, nor below or above, such one,
indescribable, indefinable, disconnected & detached,
is indeed a Holy One
, is the best one.
Dhammapada Illustration 385 Background Story 385


THE MEDITATOR
The Meditator, secluded, without mental fermentation,
having done what should be done, & reached the supreme goal,
is a Holy One, is the best one.
Dhammapada Illustration 386 Background Story 386


SHINING
By day shines the Sun.
By night gleams the Moon.
By his armor shines the warrior.
By his trance radiates the Holy One.
The Buddha - Enlightened - shines
both day & night, all in glory.
Dhammapada Illustration 387 Background Story 387

 
CLEARED
By eliminating all Evil, one is called 'Holy One'.
By living the Noble Way, one is called 'Bhikkhu'.
By destroying mental defilements, one is called 'Gone Forth'.
Dhammapada Illustration 388 Background Story 388


NON-VIOLENCE
None should harm a Noble.
Nor should a Noble retaliate.
Great pain returns to the one harming a Noble.
Pain returns too to the Noble, if he retaliates.
Dhammapada Illustration 389 Background Story 389-290
 
 
ADVANTAGE
Not small is the advantage of the Holy One,
who clears his mind of any liked & dear attraction.
As fast as his passions so subside, so do his anger.
As fast as his anger so subside, so indeed do all sorrow
of prior suffering decline.
Dhammapada Illustration 390 Background Story 389-290


TRIPLE GOOD
The One who neither harms any
verbally, physically or mentally,
who are moderated & controlled
in these three ways, such one
is called a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 391 Background Story 391


WORTHY SOURCE
Him from whom one can learn this True Dhamma,
worship him, respect him, honor him, and help him
as a Brahmin tend the ritual fire.
Dhammapada Illustration 392 Background Story 392
 

WHAT IT TAKES
It is not because of matted hair,
nor by lineage, family or birth,
one becomes a Holy One.
Only endowed with true understanding,
and purity of behaviour is a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 393 Background Story 393


EXTERNAL
What is the use of your matted hair vain fool?
What is the use of your fine antelope skin?
There is still a jungle of evil mental dirt within you!
It is only the surface you polish, clean & show!
Dhammapada Illustration 394 Background Story 394

 
SUCH ONE
The One wearing only 3 robes,
who is thin with veins showing,
who meditates alone in the forest,
such one is a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 395 Background Story 395

 
NOT SUCH ONE
Him born from Brahmin womb,
having a Brahmin mother,
possessing empty things,
repeating empty mantras,
is Not a Holy One.
The One possessing Nothing,
seeking Nothing, such one
I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 396 Background Story 396
 
 
UNCHAINED
The one who has cut all attachments,
who neither fears, nor trembles,
who is unbound, untied, & unchained,
such one I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 397 Background Story 397
 
 
DISENTANGLED
Whoever has cut the strap, the rope and all their threads,
the one who have uplifted the heavy crossbar,
such awakened one, him I call Holy.
Dhammapada Illustration 398 Background Story 398

 
TOLERANCE
The innocent one, who has done nothing wrong,
who patiently endures abuse, flogging & even
imprisonment, such one armed with endurance,
the great force of tolerance, such one I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 399 Background Story 399

 
VOW
The one without any anger,
who have taken up beneficial vows,
who is freed from lust,
who has tamed both body & mind,
who is in the last stage, in his final form,
such one I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 400 Background Story 400
 
 
AS WATER RUN OF LEAF
The one who detach from sense pleasures,
exactly as a drop of water run off a lotus leaf,
exactly as the dry grain falls from the straw,
such one I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 401 Background Story 401
 
 
FINAL JOB ENDED
The one who directly experiences the end of pain,
who have verily done the job, who is freed from all
craving & clinging, such one I call a Holy One ...
Dhammapada Illustration 402 Background Story 402
 
 
DEEP
The one possessing profound Insight,
who is endowed with deep knowledge & sharp intelligence,
who knows what is the Way and what is not the Way,
who have reached the supreme and sublime goal,
such one is a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 403 Background Story 403

 
HOMELESS
The one who keeps aloof from company with both
householders & homeless, who wanders without home,
desiring little, him I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 404 Background Story 404
 
 
HARMLESS
The one who has left all violence,
who never harms any being at all,
whether they are moving or still,
who neither kill, nor causes to kill,
such one, harmless, is a Holy One.

Dhammapada Illustration 405 Background Story 405

 
DIFFERENT
The one who is friendly, among the hostile,
who is harmless, among the violent,
who is detached, among the greedy,
such one is a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 406 Background Story 406

 
CURED
The one, who has shredded both lust, hate &
pride as the fallen seed, which never again
returns to the straw, such one is a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 407 Background Story 407

 
SWEET VOICED
The one who never speaks harshly,
who always speaks kind words which
yet are exact, informative & instructive.
The one who offends no one, such one,
- truly sweet-voiced - is a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 408 Background Story 408

 
NEVER-TAKE
The one, who never takes, what is not freely & openly given,
whether long or short, fine or foul, exquisite or ordinary,
such one is a Holy One.

Dhammapada Illustration 409 Background Story 409

 
NEVER-WANT
Whoever is free from desire for everything
in both this & all other worlds. Freed from lust
is freed from fetter, such one is a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 410 Background Story 410

 
DEATHLESS
The one who has no longings,
who fully understands,
who is without doubt,
who is established and all immersed
in the stilled deathless state,
such one I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 411 Background Story 411
 
 
SORROWLESS
The one who has passed over and
all beyond both good & evil,
who is happy, free & pure,
such one I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 412 Background Story 412


MOON
The one who is spotless as the moon,
who is pure, serene, calm and clear,
who has exhausted the joy of existence,
such one I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 413 Background Story 413


SWAMP
The one who has crossed the swamp
of delusion and rebirth so difficult to pass,
who has gained the other & far shore, all beyond
who is absorbed in meditation, calmed,
who is freed from lust, doubt & all craving
who has cut all clinging, Nibbana gone
such one I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 414 Background Story 414

 
COOLED
The one who withdraw from pleasures,
who wander homeless, retired, withdrawn
with the essence of lust extinguished,
with the essence of existence extinguished,
such one I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 415 Background Story 415


NO URGE
The one who has left craving behind,
who has gone forth from house & home,
who has eliminated craving for being whatever,
such one I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 416 Background Story 416
 

UNBOUND
The one who has lost lust for all in this world,
who neither seeks nor longs for any divine,
who have released all attachment,
him I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 417 Background Story 417


BEYOND BOTH
The one who has passed beyond both pleasure & pain,
who is cooled, un-obsessed, un-surpassed,
a hero who has overcome this world,
him I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 418 Background Story 418


SEER
The one who knows, who sees,
the passing away & reappearance of all beings,
who is detached, released, happy & enlightened,
him I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 419 Background Story 419-420

 
UNSEEN
The one whose future state is quite unknown,
to both gods, demons and humans,
whose mental fermentation are stilled,
an Arahat, him I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 420 Background Story 419-420
 
 
DETACHED
The one who are disconnected from both
the present, the past and the future,
possessing nothing, urging nothing,
neither here, there, in front nor behind,
him I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 421 Background Story 421
 

NOBLE
The Noble one, the eminent, the excellent one,
The outstanding hero, the wise conqueror,
pure, clean, awakened and enlightened,
him I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 422 Background Story 422

 
PERFECTED
The one who knows his previous lives,
who sees & visits the realms of heaven & hell,
who has reached the final end of birth,
a recluse perfected in knowledge,
who are perfected in all the perfections,
him I call a Holy One.
Dhammapada Illustration 423 Background Story 423

 


Dhammapada Versions used:
 
PTS 1995 E.W. Burlingame, Dhammapada Commentary,
Buddhist Legends, Original Harvard Oriental Series.
PTS 1931 Mrs. Rhys Davis, Pali & English.
PTS 1997 KR Norman, English & notes.
PTS 1995 O.v.Hinuber & K.R. Norman, Pali & notes.
Taiwan 1963, Narada Thera, Pali, English & notes.
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Daw Mya Tin, M.A., Burma 1986.
 
Comments:
The rendering has focused on preserving meaning,
as that is what enables understanding. The resulting
Insight is what changes behavior. Which is the goal.
Style, rhyme, form, literacy & poetic considerations
have been given a priority, accordingly.

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