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English translation of
Holy Dhammapada
English translation by Acharya Buddharakkhita
taken from http://www.cstone.net/~maxwell/Dhmpada.htm

The World

165
Follow not the vulgar way; live not in heedlessness; hold not false views; linger not long in worldly existence.

166
Arise! Do not be heedless! Lead a life of good conduct. The righteous live happily both in this world and the next.

167
Lead a life of good conduct. Lead not a base life. The righteous live happily both in this world and the next.

168
One who looks upon the world as a bubble and a mirage, that person the King of Death does not see.

169
Come! Behold this world, which is like a decorated royal chariot. Here fools flounder, but the wise have no attachment to it.

170
One who having been heedless is heedless no more, illuminates this world like the moon freed from clouds.

Continued...

171
One who by good deeds covers the evil one has done, illuminates this world like the moon freed from clouds.

172
Blind is this world; here only a few possess insight. Only a few, like birds escaping from a net, go to the realms of bliss.

173
Swans fly on the path of the sun; people pass through the air by psychic powers; the wise are led away from the world after vanquishing Mara and his host.

174
For liars who have violated the one law (of truthfulness), who hold in scorn the hereafter, there is no evil that they cannot do.

175
Truly, misers fare not to heavenly realms; nor, indeed, do fools praise generosity. But wise persons rejoice in giving, and by that alone do they become happy hereafter.

176
Better than sole sovereignty over the earth, better than going to heaven, better even than lordship over all the worlds is the fruition of Stream-entry.

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