II. APPAMADAVAGGA. HEEDFULNESS
24. The reputation of him who is energetic, mindful, pure in deed, considerate, self-controlled, right-living, and heedful steadily increases.
25. By sustained effort, earnestness, discipline, and self-control let the wise man make for himself an island which no flood overwhelms.
26. The ignorant, foolish folk indulge in heedlessness; the wise man guards earnestness as the greatest treasure.
27. Indulge not in heedlessness, have no intimacy with sensuous delights; for the earnest, meditative person obtains abundant bliss.
28. When the sagacious one discards heedlessness by heedfulness, this sorrowless wise one ascends the palace of wisdom and surveys the ignorant sorrowing folk as one standing on a mountain the groundlings.
29. Heedful amongst the heedless, wide awake amongst the slumbering, the wise man advances like a swift horse, leaving a weak jade behind.
32. The bhikkhu who delights in earnestness, and looks with fear on negligence, is not liable to fall ; he is in the presence of Nibbăna.