The Dhammapada is likely one of the hottest and influential of Buddhist scriptures. The universality of its message, the intensity of its instructing, and the sophisticated simplicity of its language have earned it an honoured position in international literature. it may be taken as a simple and functional precis of the fundamental teachings of the Buddha, yet even more than that, the Dhammapada is a poetic illustration of an elegant religious excellent. This new translation seeks to encourage and inspire the features of kindness, gentleness and self-discipline, of simplicity, contentment and serenity, counseled by way of the Buddha himself. those features lead, in time, to the joy of that imaginative and prescient of the fact that can fulfill the private longings of the human center.
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6 226. They come to the end of (their) defilements (asavas), those who keep awake, who study day and night, (and) who are intent on Nirvana. 7 227. This is an old story, Atula,13 not just one of today. They blame him who is taciturn; they blame him who is talkative; they even blame him who speaks in moderation. There is no one in the world who is not blamed. 8 228. There has not been, nor will there be, nor is there anyone now, who is absolutely blamed or absolutely praised. 9–10 229–230 Who is entitled to blame that man who is like (a coin of) Jambunada gold,14 a man who is praised by the wise, by those who have tested him day by day; one who is free from faults, a man of understanding, (and) whose wisdom and understanding are (well) integrated?
There is no vacillation in the Enlightened Ones. xix The Man of Principle 1 256. He is not a ‘man of principle’ (dhammattha) who rashly judges what is advantageous (attha). The spiritually mature person who judges both what is advantageous and disadvantageous – 2 257. who judges others impartially, carefully, and in accordance with principle – that man of understanding, guarded of principle, is said to be ‘a man of principle’. 3 258. A man is not spiritually mature (or: learned) merely because he talks a lot.
Whoever in the world is overcome by this wretched, adhesive craving, his sorrows grows like the birana grass that is rained upon. 3 336. Whoever in the world overcomes this wretched, adhesive craving, so difficult to overcome, his sorrows fall from him like drops of water from the lotus leaf. 4 337. I tell you this: Be of good cheer, as many of you as are here assembled. Dig out the root of craving, as the seeker of the usira (digs out) the birana grass. Don’t let Mara (the Evil One) break you again and again as a river (in spate) breaks the reed.