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Dhammapada XXII


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He goes to hell,
the one who asserts
what didn't take place,
as does the one
who, having done,
says, 'I didn't.'
Both -- low-acting people --
there become equal:
after death, in the world beyond.


An ochre robe tied 'round their necks,
many with evil qualities
-- unrestrained, evil --
rearise, because of their evil acts,
    in hell.

Better to eat an iron ball
-- glowing, aflame --
than that, unprincipled &
you should eat the alms of the country.


Four things befall the heedless man
who lies down with the wives of others:
a wealth of demerit;
a lack of good sleep;
third, censure;
fourth, hell.

A wealth of demerit, an evil destination,
& the brief delight of a
    fearful man with a
    fearful woman,
& the king inflicts a harsh punishment.
no man should lie down
with the wife of another.


Just as sharp-bladed grass,
if wrongly held,
wounds the very hand that holds it --
the contemplative life, if wrongly grasped,
drags you down to hell.

Any slack act,
or defiled observance,
or fraudulent life of chastity
bears no great fruit.

If something's to be done,
then work at it firmly,
for a slack going-forth
kicks up all the more dust.

It's better to leave a misdeed
A misdeed burns you afterward.
Better that a good deed be done
that, after you've done it,
won't make you burn.


Like a frontier fortress,
guarded inside & out,
    guard yourself.
Don't let the moment pass by.
Those for whom the moment is past
grieve, consigned to hell.


Ashamed of what's not shameful,
not ashamed of what is,
beings adopting wrong views
go to a bad destination.

Seeing danger where there is none,
& no danger where there is,
beings adopting wrong views
go to a bad destination.

Seeing error where there is none,
& no error where there is,
beings adopting wrong views
go to a bad destination.

But knowing error as error,
and non-error as non-,
beings adopting right views
    go to a good

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