Papavagga - Evil

(verses 116-128)

Make haste in doing good; check your mind from evil; for the mind of him who is slow in doing meritorious actions delights in evil.


Should a person commit evil, he should not do it again and again; he should not find pleasure therein: painful is the accumulation of evil.


Should a person perform a meritorious action, he should do it again and again; he should find pleasure therein: blissful is the accumulation of merit.


Even an evil-doer sees good as long as evil ripens not; but when it bears fruits, then he sees the evil results.


Even a good person sees evil so long as good ripens not; but when it bears fruits then the good one sees the good results.


Do not disregard evil, saying, ``It will not come nigh unto me'', by the falling of drops even a water-jar is filled, likewise the fool, gathering little by little, fills himself with evil.


Do not disregard merit, saying, ``It will not come nigh unto me''; by the falling of drops even a water-jar is filled, likewise the wise man, gathering little by little, fills himself with good.


Just as a merchant, with a small escort and great wealth, avoids a perilous route, just as one desiring to live avoids poison, even so should one shun evil things.


If no wound there be in one's hand, one may carry poison in it. Poison does not affect one who has no wound. There is no ill for him who does no wrong.


Whoever harms a harmless person, one pure and guiltless, upon that very fool the evil recoils like fine dust thrown against the wind.


Some are born in a womb; evildoers (are born) in woeful states; the well-conducted go to blissful states; the Undefiled Ones pass away into Nibbana.


Not in the sky, nor in the mid-ocean, nor in a mountain cave, is found that place on earth where abiding one may escape from (the consequences) of one's evil deed.


Not in the sky, nor in mid-ocean, nor in a mountain cave, is found that place one earth where abiding one will not be overcome by death.


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