Friends:

How to protect oneself & all other beings best? 5All Good & Golden Rules:

Do neither Kill nor praise Killing. Rather avoid taking any kind of Life.
Also make others stop killing too by praising harmlessness & non- cruelty.
Greatest is this Offer to the world of Beings: The safety from violent murder!
Painful future karmic effect of Killing is short lifetime & brutal non-natural death!

Do neither Harm nor praise any kind of Harming, whether instrumental, mental, verbal or physical. Put down the stick, knife, sword, & all weapons. Indeed end now all violence, brutality & hostility! Still all aggression by praising mercy & peace. Greatest is this Offer to the world of Beings: The safety from injury, wounding & sudden pain. The painful future karmic effects of Harming are non-curable disease, disability, & loss of limbs.

Do neither Steal nor praise any kind of Stealing. Avoid taking what is not freely given.
Make others abstain from Theft by praising modesty & honesty. Greatest is this Relief
to the world of Owners: The safety from loss, damage & undue costs to insurances.  The painful future karmic effect of Stealing is loss, poverty, need, deficiency, hunger, & thirst.

Do neither abuse sexually nor praise any abuse. Avoid other’s partners & those engaged or protected. Make all others abstain from any sexual abuse too. Greatest is this Offer to any parent or lover: The safety from deceit, adultery, & sexual abuse. The painful future karmic effect of abuse & adultery is future sexual abnormality, disability or much worse.

Do neither Speak False nor praise any kind of Lying. Rather avoid all Untruth & Falsehood and induce all others also to speak only Truth by praising sincerity. Greatest is this Praxis in the world of Beings: Honesty ensuring the confidence of trust among many beings. Greatest is this Offer to the world of Beings: The painful future karmic effect of lying is being deceived, disrespected, lowly positioned or worse.

Do neither drink alcohol nor praise any kind of intoxication that induces neglect, & lax carelessness. Rather refrain from liquor & make all others abstain too. This is the optimal social habit of behaviour in the world of beings ensuring decency, sanity & sound reasoning. The painful future karmic effect of drinking is stupidity, insanity, madness, forgetfulness, poor memory and worse.    

There are these five gifts, five great gifts original, long-standing, traditional, ancient, unadulterated, unadulterated from the beginning that are not open to suspicion, will never be open to suspicion, and, which never are censured by any truly wise recluse & priest!

Details of The Five Buddhist Precepts (pańca-sila):
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/The_Five_Basics.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/sangha/Refuges_and_Precepts.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/s_t/sikkhaa_pada.htm

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