Appamadavagga - Heedfulness

(verses 21-32)

Heedfulness is the path to the Deathless, (Nibbana) heedlessness is the path to death. The heedful do not die; the heedless are like unto the dead.


Distinctly understanding this (difference) the wise (intent) on heedfulness rejoice in heedfulness, delighting in the realm of Ariyas.


The constantly meditative, the ever steadfastly ones realize the bondfree, supreme Nibbana.


The man who is strenuous, mindful, of pure conduct, and careful, who restrains himself, who acts after due deliberations and practices Right Livelihood, becomes famous.


By sustained effort, earnestness, discipline, and self-control, let the wise man make for himself an island, which no flood overwhelms.


The ignorant, foolish folk indulge in heedlessness; the wise man guards heedfulness as the greatest treasure.


Indulge not in heedlessness; have no intimacy with sensuous delights. Verily the heedful, meditative person obtains abundant bliss.


When a man banishes heedlessness by heedfulness, he becomes wise and is free from sorrow. He sees clearly the sorrowing people as one who stands on the hill looking down on the plains.


Heedful among the heedless, watchful among the sleeping, the wise man outstrips the foolish man as a race horse outstrips an old horse.


Maghava, the king of gods, attained such great supremacy over the gods through heedfulness. Heedfulness is always praised and heedlessness is always blamed.


Even as a fire consumes all obstacles, both great and small, a monk, who delights in heedfulness and who views heedlessness with fear, consumes attachments, both great and small.


A monk, who delights in heedfulness and who views heedlessness with fear, will not fail in the end to, to attain Nibbana.


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