By Edward Conze (translator)
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Most of the monks lost their composure and felt grief. Those only who had completed the cycle were not shaken out of their composure, for they knew well that it is the nature of things to pass away. In due course the Mallas heard the news. ' In due course the weeping Mallas, with their powerful arms, placed the Seer on a priceless bier of ivory inlaid with gold. They then performed the ceremonies which befitted the occasion, and honoured Him with many kinds of charming garlands and with the finest perfumes.
Instead of rejoicing at the gift of the earth, which brings nothing but sorrow, I will now rejoice at having so fruitful a son. You were right to go away and give up your prosperous home. It was right of you to have toiled with such great labours. And now it is right of you that you should have compassion on us, your dear relations, who loved you so dearly, and whom you did leave. For the sake of the world in distress you have trodden the path to supreme reality, which could not be found even by those seers of olden times who were gods or kings.
Even a flight in the air cannot free you from suffering, After the deed which is evil has once been committed. 5. Not in the sky nor in the ocean's middle, Nor if you were to hide in cracks in mountains, Can there be found on this wide earth a corner Where karma does not catch up with the culprit. 6. But if you see the evil others do, and if you feel you disapprove, Be careful not to do likewise, for people's deeds remain with them. 7. Those who cheat in business deals, those who act against the Dharma, Those who swindle, those who trick - not only harm their fellow-men, They hurl themselves into a gorge, for people's deeds remain with them.