by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 940,961 words
This page describes “words worthy of faith” as written by Nagarjuna in his Maha-prajnaparamita-sastra (lit. “the treatise on the great virtue of wisdom”) in the 2nd century. This book, written in five volumes, represents an encyclopedia on Buddhism as well as a commentary on the Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita.
Śāstra: The devas, manuṣyas, nāgas, asuras and all great men accord faith to their speech and this is the reward (vipāka) for their language that is free of frivolity (asaṃbhinnapralāpa). The punishment for those of frivolous speech is that nobody believes them even if they speak the truth. Some stanzas say:
They fall among the pretas,
Flames shoot out of their mouth.
On all sides, they utter loud cries:
This is the punishment for their sins of speech.
Footnotes and references:
Ādeyavacanatā was one of the qualities of Anāthapiṇḍika; cf. Vinaya, II, p. 158. – This virtue is described in Bodh. bhūmi, p. 28–29: yat puṇaḥ śraddheyo bhavati pratyayitaḥ … iyaṃ ucyate ādeyavacanatā.
Frivolous speech (saṃbhinnapralāpa) is one of the ten akuśalakarmapathas; cf. below, k. 8, p. 120b.