All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in
the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another
All tremble at violence; life is dear to all. Putting oneself
in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another
One who, while himself seeking happiness, oppresses with violence
other beings who also desire happiness, will not attain happiness
One who, while himself seeking happiness, does not oppress
with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will
find happiness hereafter.
Speak not harshly to anyone, for those thus spoken to might
retort. Indeed, angry speech hurts, and retaliation may overtake
If, like a broken gong, you silence yourself, you have approached
Nibbana, for vindictiveness is no longer in you.
Just as a cowherd drives the cattle to pasture with a staff,
so do old age and death drive the life force of beings (from
existence to existence).
When the fool commits evil deeds, he does not realize (their
evil nature). The witless man is tormented by his own deeds,
like one burnt by fire.
He who inflicts violence on those who are unarmed, and offends
those who are inoffensive, will soon come upon one of these
Sharp pain, or disaster, bodily injury, serious illness, or
derangement of mind, trouble from the government, or grave
charges, loss of relatives, or loss of wealth, or houses destroyed
by ravaging fire; upon dissolution of the body that ignorant
man is born in hell.
Neither going about naked, nor matted locks, nor filth, nor
fasting, nor lying on the ground, nor smearing oneself with
ashes and dust, nor sitting on the heels (in penance) can
purify a mortal who has not overcome doubt.
Even though he be well-attired, yet if he is posed, calm,
controlled and established in the holy life, having set aside
violence towards all beings he, truly, is a holy man,
a renunciate, a monk.
Only rarely is there a man in this world who, restrained by
modesty, avoids reproach, as a thoroughbred horse avoids the
Like a thoroughbred horse touched by the whip, be strenuous,
be filled with spiritual yearning. By faith and moral purity,
by effort and meditation, by investigation of the truth, by
being rich in knowledge and virtue, and by being mindful,
destroy this unlimited suffering.
Irrigators regulate the waters, fletchers straighten arrow
shafts, carpenters shape wood, and the good control themselves.