Gemstones of the Good Dhamma


by Ven. S. Dhammika | 1995–2010 | 8,721 words

This Compilation extracts some of the more popular verses of the Dhammapada, which is (by far) the most popular book of the Sutta Pitaka (second part of the pali-canon). Other interesting verses (addressing Buddha and his enlightened disciples), found across the Sutta Pitaka are also included....

Part 16 - Mettavagga I -love I

146. Anatthajanano doso
doso cittappakopano
bhayam antarato jatam
tam jano navabujjhati.

Hate brings great misfortune,
hate churns up and harms the mind;
this fearful danger deep within
most people do not understand.

147. Duttho attham na janati.
duttho dhammam na passati
andham tamam tada hoti
yam doso sahate naram.

Thus spoilt one cannot know the good,
cannot see things as they are.
Only blindness and gloom prevail
when one is overwhelmed by hate.

148. Yo na hanti na ghateti
na jinati na japaye
mettam so sabbabhutesu
veram tassa na kenaci.

He who does not strike nor makes
others strike, who robs not nor makes
others rob, sharing love with all that live,
finds enmity with none.

149. Satimato sada bhaddam
satima sukham edhati
satimato su ve seyyo
vera na parimuccati.

For the mindful one there is always good;
for the mindful one happiness increases;
for the mindful one things go better
yet he is not freed from enemies.

150. Yassa sabbam ahorattam
ahimsaya rato mano
mettam so sabbabhutesu
veram tassa na kenaci.

But he who both day and night
takes delight in harmlessness
sharing love with all that live,
finds enmity with none.

151. Yo ve mettena cittena
uddham adho ca tiriyañ ca
appamanena sabbaso.

When one with a mind of love
feels compassion for all the world —
above, below and across,
unlimited everywhere.

152. Appamanam hitam cittam
paripunnam subhavitam
yam pamanakatam kammam
na tam tatravasissati.

Filled with infinite kindness,
complete and well-developed —
any limited actions one may have done
do not remain lingering in one's mind.

153. Mettacitta karunika
hotha silesu samvuta
araddhaviriya pahitatta
niccam dalhaparakkama.

Develop a mind full of love;
be compassionate and restrained in virtue;
arouse your energy, be resolute,
always firm in making progress.

154. Yathapi ekaputtasmim
piyasmim kusali siya
evam sabbesu panesu
sabbattha kusalo siya.

Just as a loving mother would guard
her only dearly beloved child,
so towards creatures everywhere
one should always wish for their good.

155. Cittam ca susamahitam
vippasannam anavilam
akhilam sabbabhutesu
so maggo brahmapattiya.

A mind composed, well-concentrated,
purified and undefiled,
full of kindness towards all beings —
this is the way that leads to Brahma.
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