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XVII.KODHAVAGGA. ANGER

221. One should give up anger; one should abandon pride; one should overcome all fetters. Ills never befall him who clings not to mind and body and is passionless.

222. Whoso, as a rolling chariot, checks his uprisen anger, him I call a charioteer; other folk merely hold the reins.

223. Conquer anger by love; conquer evil by good; conquer the stingy one by giving; conquer the liar by truth.

224. One should utter the truth; one should not be angry; one should give even from a scanty store to him who asks ; by these three things one may go to the presence of the gods.

225. Those sages who are harmless, and are ever restrained in body, go to the deathless state, where gone they never grieve.

226. The Defilements of those who are ever vigilant, who train themselves day and night, who are wholly intent on Nibbăna, fade away.

227. This O Atula, is an old saying, it is not only of today: they blame those who sit silent, they blame those who speak too much; those speaking little too they blame; in this world no one is there unblamed.

228. There never was, there never will be, nor does there exist now, a person who is wholly blamed or wholly praised.

229. The intelligent examining day by day, praise him who is of flawless life, wise, and endowed with knowledge and virtue.

230. Who deigns to blame him who is like refined gold? Even the gods praise him; by Brahmă too is he praised.

231. One should guard against misdeeds (caused by) body, and one should be restrained in body; giving up evil conduct in body, one should be of good bodily conduct.

232. One should guard against misdeeds (caused by) speech, and one should be restrained in speech; giving up evil conduct in speech, one should be of good conduct in speech.

233. One should guard against misdeeds (caused by) mind, and one should be restrained in mind; giving up evil conduct in mind, one should be of good conduct in mind.

234. The wise are restrained in deed; in speech, too, they are restrained; they are restrained in mind as well; yea, they are fully restrained.



Foreword ][ Preface ][ Introduction

The Twin Verses ][ Heedfulness ][ The Mind ][ Flowers ][ Fools ][ The Wise
The Arahat ][ Thousands ][ Evil ][ Punishment or the Rod ][ Old Age ][ The Self
The World ][ The Buddha ][ Happiness ][ Affections ][ Anger ][ Taints ][ The Just and the Righteous
The Way ][ Miscellaneous ][ Hell ][ The Elephant ][ Craving ][ The Bhikkhu or Mendicant Monk ][ The Brahmana

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