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Seventeenth Chapter: Dhammapada

Seventeenth Chapter: Dhammapada On Anger 221. Give up anger, give up pride, and free yourself from the worldly bondage. No sorrow can touch those who try not to possess people and things. 222. Those who hold back their anger--a speeding chariot, are real charioteers. Others merely hold the reins. 223. Overcome anger by peacefulness, overcome unkindness by kindness, overcome greed through generosity and falsehood by truth. 224. Do not yield to anger. Give freely even if you have but little: this will lead you to gods. 225. The wise do not hurt any living being and are self-controlled. They enter the state of peace beyond sorrow. 226. Those who are watchful, who observe themselves day and night, and strive continually for Nirvana, enter the state of peace beyond all selfish passions. 227. There is an old saying:...

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Sixteenth Chapter: Dhammapada

Sixteenth Chapter: Dhammapada
Transient Pleasures

209. Don’t run after transient pleasures or neglect the practice of sitting quietly. Those who forget the aim of life and sink into the worldly pleasures, come to envy those who put meditation first.

210. Not seeing what is pleasant brings pain; seeing what is unpleasant brings pain. Therefore go beyond pleasure and pain.

211. Don’t get selfishly attached to anything, for its loss will bring you pain. When you have neither likes nor dislikes, you are free.

212. Selfish attachment brings suffering. Selfish attachment brings fear. Be detached, and you will be free from suffering and fear.

213. Selfish bonds cause sorrow. Selfish bonds cause fear. Be unselfish, and you will be free from sorrow and fear.

214. Selfish enjoyments lead to frustration; selfish enjoyments lead to fear. Be unselfish, and you will be free from frustration and fear.

215. Selfish desires give rise to anxiety; selfish desires give rise to fear. Be unselfish, and you will be free from anxiety and fear.

216. Cravings bring pain; craving brings fear. Don’t yield to cravings, and you will be free from pain and fear.

217. Those who have character and discrimination, who are honest and good and follow the dharma with devotion, win the respect of the entire world.

218. If you long to know what is hard to know and can resist the temptations of the world, you will cross the river of life.

219-220. As your family and friends welcome you with joy when you return from a long journey; so will your good deeds receive you when you go from this life to the next, where they will be waiting for you with joy like your relatives and friends.
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As I Understand It:
Buddha taught loving others without selfish attachment. He recognized suffering as human dilemma and concluded that the only way to lead a peaceful life was to stay away from cravings. Self-centered bonds with people, things and places lead to sorrow and pain. Love is not an obstacle to spiritual growth but possessiveness is.

Pleasant and unpleasant feelings are obverse and reverse of life. In time, what is fresh, withers. What was once delightful becomes melancholy. All the things that please are fleeting. Addiction to pleasurable things blocks spiritual growth because we desire only for one side of the coin. How is that possible?

We can lose ourselves in pleasant things and abandon our quest for life’s true aim. And when the time comes to face the inevitable unpleasantness of life–and sooner or later it will–we suffer all the more. Be aware that pleasant things are bound to change. If we want to be free from fear and frustration, free from pain and sorrow, we must learn to be selfless and detached.

In our daily lives when we sense outer stimuli our nervous system is emotionally charged. We react positively or negatively to them. They make us happy or unhappy. But if we choose not to react to the stimuli, they would loosen their hold over us.

If we face life’s sorrows or pleasures without the emotional response of attachment or aversion–with equanimity, we will experience what is beyond pain and pleasure, beyond dualities. Living beyond dualities frees us from life’s suffering.

Only good deeds remain. Good deeds and spiritual practice are closely related.
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Suggested Reading:
The Dhammapada: The Path of Perfection, Translation and Introduction by Juan Mascaro, Penguin Books. 1973. Penguin Group, England.
The Dhammapada, Translated for the Modern Reader by Eknath Easwaran, Nilgiri Press. 1985. Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, California.

Fifteenth Chapter:Dhammapada

Chapter Fifteenth: Dhammapada Happiness and Absolute Joy 197. Let us live in joy, never hating those who hate us. Let us live in freedom, without hatred even among those who hate. 198. Let us live in joy, never falling ill like those who are ill. Let us live in freedom, without disease even among those who are ill. 199. Let us live in joy, never attached among those who are selflessly attached. Let us live in freedom even among those who are bound by selfish attachments. 200. Let us live in joy, never hording things among those who hoard. Let us live in growing joy like the spirits of light. 201. Victory brings hatred for the defeated live in sorrow. Let us be neither conqueror nor defeated, and live in peace and joy. 202-03. There...

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Fourteenth Chapter: Dhammapada

Chapter Fourteenth: Dhammapada The Awakened One 179-180. By what path can you reach him, the Buddha, the awakened one, whom no one can conquer? How can you describe him, the Buddha, the awakened one, free from desires and passions, free from all conditioning? 181. Even the gods emulate the awakened ones, the Buddhas. In the peace of contemplation they live in freedom. 182. It is hard to be born as a human, harder to live like a human being, harder still to understand the Truth, but hardest of all is to awaken and attain enlightenment. 183. Do no evil. Do good. Purify your mind. This is the teaching of the Buddhas. 184-185. Cultivate enduring patience and attain the highest goal in life, Nirvana. Do not hurt others or cause pain; that is not the...

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Thirteenth Chapter: Dhammapada

Chapter Thirteenth: Dhammapada The World 167. Don't follow wrong path nor believe false doctrines or follow the way of the world. Most importantly don't be heedless. 168-169. Pay attention! Don't be lazy! Be meticulous. People who are heedful are happy in this lifetime and in the world beyond. 170-171. Follow the path of wisdom. Look! This world seems pleasurable, even heavenly but it is only a bubble of froth, a mirage. The wise see through it, but not the foolish. Death has no power over the wise. 172-173. When a foolish man stops being lazy and ignorant he lights up the world just like the moon breaking free from the clouds. When his bad deeds are replaced by good deeds and spiritual efforts, he gives light to the whole world like the moon coming...

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Chapter Twelve: Dhammapada

Chapter Twelve: Dhammapada Self 157. If you hold yourself dear, guard yourself well. Of the three watches of the night, keep vigil during one. 158. Learn what is right, then teach others, as the wise do. 159. Before trying to guide others, be your own guide. It is hard to learn to guide yourself. 160. Your own self is your master, who else could be? With yourself well controlled, you gain a master very hard to find. 161-162. The evil done by the selfish people crushes them as a diamond breaks a hard gem. As a vine overpowers a tree, evil overpowers the evildoer, trapping him in a situation only his enemies would wish him to be in. 163. Evil deeds that harm one self are easy to do; good deeds...

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Chapter Eleven: Dhammapada

Chapter Eleven: Dhammapada Old Age 146. How can there be laughter, how can there be pleasure, when the world is burning? When you are living in darkness, why don't you ask for a lamp? 147-149. This body is a painted image, subject to disease, decay and death, full of imaginings. What joy can there be for the one who sees that his white bones will be thrown away like dried gourds at the end of the summer? 150-151. A house of bones is this body, plastered with flesh and with blood. In it dwell pride and pretence, old age and death. In the course of time even the glitter of a king's chariot wears out, same way the body loses its strength and vigor. But the goodness and virtue never grow old. 152. A...

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Chapter Ten: Dhammapada

Chapter Ten: Dhammapada "Punishment" 129. All fear punishment; all fear death, just as you do. Therefore do not kill or cause to kill. 130. All fear punishment; all love life, just as you do. Therefore do not kill or cause to kill. 131. For the sake of happiness if you hurt others who also want happiness, you will never find happiness here and hereafter. 132. For the sake of happiness if you do not hurt others who also want happiness, you will find happiness here and hereafter. 133 Speak quietly to others and they too will be gentle in their speech. Harsh words are painful and come back to the speaker. 134 If your mind is silent like a broken gong, you have entered Nirvana, leaving all quarrels behind. 135. As a cowherd drives his cows to...

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Chapter Nine: Dhammapada

Chapter Nine: Dhammapada "Evil and Good" 116. Hasten to do good; stay away from evil. If you neglect the good, evil will enter your mind. 117. If you do wrong, do not repeat it, or take pleasure in it as a habit. An evil habit results in suffering. 118. If you do something good, keep repeating it and make it a habit. A good habit causes nothing but joy. 119. An evil-doer may find pleasure in his habits as long as he has not reaped what he has sown, but when he does he suffers. 120. A good man may suffer as long as he has not reaped what he has sown, but when he does, pleasure prevails over him. 121. Let no one who has done wrong say to himself, "Sorrow will...

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Chapter Eight: Dhammapada

Chapter Eight: Dhammapada "One Against Thousands" 100-103. Better than a speech of thousand useless words is one thoughtful word, which brings peace to the mind. Better than a poem of thousand vain verses is single thoughtful verse, which brings peace to the mind. Better than a hundred useless poems is one single verse, which brings peace to the mind. 103-105 A man who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand men on battlefields. Be victorious over yourself and not over others. When you attain victory over yourself, not even gods can turn it into defeat. 106. Better than performing a thousand rituals month by month for a thousand years is reverence for a man who has conquered the self. 107. Better than worshiping or tending sacrificial...

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