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XXI.PAKINNAKAVAGGA. MISCELLANEOUS

290. If by giving up a slight happiness one may behold a larger one, let the wise persons give up the lesser happiness in consideration for the greater happiness.

291. He who wishes his own happiness by causing pain to others is not released from hatred, being himself entangled in the tangles of hatred.

292. What should be done is left undone; what should not be done is done; of those who are puffed up and heedless the corruptions increase.

293. They who always practise well "mindfulness of the body", who follow not what should not be done and constantly do what should be done, of those mindful and reflective ones the corruptions come to an end.

294. Having slain mother (craving) and father (conceit), and two warrior kings (views of eternalism and nihilism), and having destroyed a country (sense-avenues and sense-objects) together with its revenue officer (attachment), ungrieving goes the brahmana (arahat).

295. Having slain mother and father and two brahmin kings, and having destroyed the perilous path (hindrances), ungrieving goes the brăhmana.

296. Well awakened ever the disciples of Gotama arise; they who by day and by night always contemplate the Buddha.

297. Well awakened ever the disciples of Gotama arise; they who by day and by night always contemplate the Dhamma.

298. Well awakened ever the disciples of Gotama arise; they who by day and by night always contemplate the Sangha.

299. Well awakened ever the disciples of Gotama arise; they who by day and by night always contemplate the body.

300. Well awakened ever the disciples of Gotama arise; they who by day and by night delight in harmlessness.

301. Well awakened ever the disciples of Gotama arise; they who by day and by night delight in meditation.

302. Difficult is renunciation, difficult is it to delight therein, difficult and painful is household life, painful is association with unequals; ill befalls a wayfarer (in samsăra); therefore be not a wayfarer, be not a pursuer of ill.

303. He who is full of confidence and virtue, possessed of repute and wealth, everywhere, in whatever land he sojourns, he is honoured.

304. Even from afar the good reveal themselves like the Himalaya mountain; the wicked though near are invisible like arrows shot by night.

305. He who sits alone, rests alone, walks alone unwearied, who alone controls oneself, will find delight in the forest.