Neither Stealing nor Cheating, Taking only what is Given!
Savatthi the Blessed
What, householder friends, is the Dhamma explanation befitting to oneself?
Here, householder friends, a Noble Disciple reflects thus: If someone were to
take from me, what I have not given, that is, to commit theft, to steal, that
neither be pleasing, nor agreeable to me.
If I were to take from whatever kind of another being, what he has not freely
that is also to commit theft, to steal, that would neither be pleasing, nor
to that other being either....
What is displeasing and disagreeable to me, is thus also
to any other being too! How can I inflict upon another
being, what is
and disagreeable to myself? Having reflected repeatedly
thus, then gradually:
One will carefully avoid all taking, what is not freely given...
2: One will persuade others also to abstain from all stealing and theft...
3: One will praise only accepting, what is freely and righteously given...
In exactly this way is this good bodily behaviour purified in
Cheating with valuables & scales, fraud, false insurance claims, swindling,
tax evasion, and any illegitimate misappropriation of values is theft...
NOT MAKE OTHERS SUFFER BY STEALING WHAT THEY CLING TO!
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 and drugging;
Such one - even in this world - digs up his own root!
The one who never takes, what is not freely given,
whether long or short, fine or foul, exquisite
or repulsive, such one is a pure one.
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