Sahassavagga - The Thousands

(verses 100-115)

Better than a thousand utterances, comprising useless words, is one single beneficial word, by hearing which, one attains peace.


Better than a thousand verses, comprising useless words, is one beneficial single line, by hearing which one is pacified.


One sentence of the Doctrine, which brings happiness to a person who understands, is better than one hundred stanzas consisting of meaningless words.


Though one should conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, he who conquers his own self, is the greatest of all conquerers.


Self-conquest is, indeed, far greater than the conquest of all other folks.


Neither a god nor a Gandhabba, nor Mara with Brahma, can win back the victory of such a person who is self-subdued and ever lives in restraint.


Though month after month with a thousand coins, one should make an offering for a hundred years, yet, if, only for a moment, one should honour (a Saint) who has perfected himself, - that honour is, indeed, better than a century of sacrifice.


Though, for a century, a man should tend the (sacred) fire in the forest, yet, if, only for a moment, he should honour (a Saint) who has perfected himself, - that honour is, indeed, better than a century of fire-sacrifice.


In this world whatever gift or alms a person seeking merit should offer for a year, all that is not worth a single quarter of the reverence towards the Upright which is excellent.


For one who is in the habit of constantly honouring and respecting the elders, four blessings increase - age, beauty, bliss, and strength.


Though one should live a thousand years, immoral and uncontrolled, yet better, indeed, is a single day's life of one who is moral and meditative.


Though one should live a hundred years without wisdom and control, yet better, indeed, is a single day's life of one who is wise and meditative.


Though one should live a hundred years idle and inactive, yet better, indeed, is a single day's life of one who makes an intense effort.


Though one should live a hundred years without comprehending how all things rise and pass away, yet better, indeed, is a single day's life of one who comprehends how all things rise and pass away.


Though one should live a hundred years without seeing the Deathless State, yet better, indeed, is a single day's life of one who sees the Deathless State.


Though one should live a hundred years not seeing the Truth Sublime, yet better, indeed, is a single day's life of one who sees the Truth Sublime.


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