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

The Holy Person

385
Exert yourself, O holy person! Cut off the stream (of craving) and discard sense desires Knowing the destruction of all conditioned things, become, O holy person, a knower of the Uncreate (Nibbana)! When a holy person has reached the summit of the two paths (meditative concentration and insight), that person knows the Truth and all fetters fall away.

386
One for whom there is neither this shore nor the other shore, nor yet both, one who is free of cares and is unfettered--such a one do I call a holy person.

387
One who is meditative and stainless, settled and whose work is done, free from cankers, having reached the highest goal--such a one do I call a holy person.

388
The sun shines by day, the moon shines by night. The warrior shines in armour, the holy person shines in meditation. But the Buddha shines resplendent all day and all night.

389
Because one has discarded evil, one is called a holy person. Because one is serene in conduct, one is called a recluse. And because one has renounced one's impurities, one is called a renunciate.

390
One should not strike a holy person, nor should a holy person, when struck, give way to anger. Shame on one who strikes a holy person, and more shame on one who gives way to anger.

391
Nothing is better for a holy person than when one holds one's mind back from what is endearing.

392
To the extent that thoughts of harming wear away, to that extent does suffering subside.

393
One who does no evil in deed, word and thought, who is restrained in these three ways-- such a one do I call a holy person.

394
Just as a brahmin priest reveres his sacrificial fire, even so should one devoutly revere the person from whom one has learned the Dhamma taught by the Buddha.

395
Not by matted hair, nor by lineage, nor by birth does one become a holy person.

396
But one in whom truth and righteousness exist --such a one is pure and is a holy person.

397
What is the use of your matted hair, O witless person? What of your garment of antelope's hide? Within you is the tangle (of passion), only outwardly do you cleanse yourself.

398
The person who wears a robe made from rags, who is lean, with veins showing all over the body, and who meditates alone in the forest-- such a one do I call a holy person.

399
I do not call one a holy person because of one's lineage or one's high-born mother. If one has impeding attachments, one is just a supercilious person. But one who is free from impediments and clinging--such a one do I call a holy person.

400
One who, having cut off all fetters, trembles no more, who has overcome all attachments and is emancipated--such a one do I call a holy person.

401
One who has cut off the thong (of hatred), the band (of craving), and the rope (of false views), together with the appurtenances (latent evil tendencies), one who has removed the crossbar (ignorance) and is enlightened--such a one do I call a holy person.

402
One who without resentment endures abuse, beating and punishment, whose power, real might, is patience--such a one do I call a holy person.

403
One who is free from anger, devout, virtuous, without craving, self-subdued, bearing one's final body--such a one do I call a holy person.

404
Like water on a lotus leaf or a mustard seed on the point of a needle, one who does not cling to sensual pleasures--such a one do I call a holy person.

405
One who in this very life realizes for oneself the end of suffering, who has laid aside the burden and become emancipated--such a one do I call a holy person.

Continued...

406
One of profound knowledge, wise, skilled in discerning the right or wrong path, who has reached the highest goal--such a one do I call a holy person.

407
One who holds aloof from householders and ascetics alike, and wanders about with no fixed abode and but few wants--such a one do I call a holy person.

408
One who has renounced violence towards all living beings, weak or strong, who neither kills nor causes others to kill--such a one do I call a holy person.

409
One who is friendly amidst the hostile, peaceful amidst the violent, and unattached amidst the attached--such a one do I call a holy person.

410
One from whom lust and hatred, pride and hypocrisy have fallen off like a mustard seed from the point of a needle--such a one do I call a holy person.

411
One who utters gentle, instructive and truthful words, who imprecates none--such a one do I call a holy person.

412
One who in this world takes nothing that is not given to one, be it long or short, small or big, good or bad--such a one do I call a holy person.

413
One who wants nothing of either this world or the next, who is desire-free and emancipated-- such a one do I call a holy person.

414
One who has no attachment, who through perfect knowledge is free from doubts and has plunged into the Deathless--such a one do I call a holy person.

415
One who in this world has transcended the ties of both merit and demerit, who is sorrowless, stainless and pure--such a one do I call a holy person.

416
One who, like the moon, is spotless and pure, serene and clear, who has destroyed the delight in existence--such a one do I call a holy person.

417
One who, having traversed this miry, perilous and delusive round of existence, has crossed over and reached the other shore, meditative, calm and free from doubt, clinging to nothing, attained to Nibbana--such a one do I call a holy person.

418
One who, having abandoned sensual pleasures, renounced the household life and become a homeless one, has destroyed both sensual desire and continued existence--such a one do I call a holy person.

419
One who, having abandoned craving, renounced the household life and become a homeless one, has destroyed both craving and continued existence--such a one do I call a holy person.

420
One who, casting off human bonds and transcending celestial ties, is wholly delivered of all bondages--such a one do I call a holy person.

421
One who, having cast off likes and dislikes, has become tranquil, rid of the substrata of existence and like a hero has conquered all the worlds--such a one do I call a holy person.

422
One who, in every way, knows the death and rebirth of all beings, and is totally detached, blessed and enlightened--such a one do I call a holy person.

423
One whose track no gods, no angels, no humans trace, the Arahat who has destroyed all cankers--such a one do I call a holy person.

424
One who clings to nothing of the past, present and future, who has no attachment and holds on to nothing--such a one do I call a holy person.

425
One, the Noble, the Excellent, the Heroic, the Great Sage, the Conqueror, the Passionless, the Pure, the Enlightened--such a one do I call a holy person.

426
One who knows one's former births, who sees heaven and hell, who has reached the end of births and attained to the perfection of insight, the sage who has reached the summit of spiritual excellence--such a one do I call a holy person.

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