Doing Good and Avoiding Evil is Possible:
Abandon wrong. It can be done.
If it were impossible to do, I would not urge you to do
so. But since it can be done,, I say to you: "Abandon
wrong."

If abandoning wrong brought loss and sorrow, I
would not urge you to do so. But since it conduces to
benefit and happiness, I urge you.

"Cultivate the good." It can be done.
If it can be done, I say to you:
"Cultivate the good."

If cultivating the good brought loss and sorrow, I
would not urge you to do so. But since it conduces to
benefit and happiness, I urge you.

Anguttara Nikaya A.I: 58

Selfish love is the cause of all our
problems!:
Sorrow and mourning in the world
or suffering of every kind
Happen because of one's selfish love
But happen not when there is none.
Happy are they and sorrowless
They who have no selfish love in the world
whoso seeks the sorrowless dispassion
Should have no selfish love in the world.

Ud: 92 (Udana)

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Amongst The Hateful Be Without Hate!
Happily do we live
without hate amongst the hateful;
amidst hateful people
we dwell unhating.

Susukham vata jivama
verinesu averino
Verinesu manussesu
viharama averino.
Dhammapada 197

Hatreds Never Cease Through Hatreds!
Hatred never cease through hatred in this
world;
Through love alone they cease.
This is an eternal law.
~ dh 5 (The Dhammapada)

Victory Breeds Hatred!
Victory breeds hatred.
The defeated live in pain.
Happily the peaceful live,
Giving up victory and defeat.

Jayam Veram pasavati
Dukkham seti parajito
Upasanto sukkham seti
Hitva jayaparajayam
Dhammapada 201

Not Hatred For Hatred!
He who wishes his own happiness
by causing pain to others
is not released from hatred,
being himself entangled in the tangles of
hatred.
~ Dh: 291 (The Dhammapada) ~

Overcome Anger By Love!
Conquer anger by love.
Conquer evil by good.
Conquer the stingy by generosity.
Conquer the liar by truth.
~ dh 223 (The Dhammapada)

Unshaken Amidst Praises and Blames!
Just as a solid massive rock
Remains unshaken by the wind,
So too, in face of blame and praise
The wise remains immovable.
~ dh 81 (The Dhammapada)

None Is Wholly Blamed Or Praised!
There never was,
there never will be,
nor does there exist now,
a person who is wholly blamed or wholly
praised.
~ dh 228 (The Dhammapada)

Speak Not Harshly!
Speak not harshly to anyone.
Those thus addressed will retort.
Painful, indeed, is vindictive speech.
Blows in exchange may bruise you.
~ Dh: 133 (The Dhammapada) ~

Cordial In All Ways!
Let one be cordial in one's ways
and refined in conduct;
filled thereby with joy,
one will make an end of ill.
Dh 376 (The Dhammapada)

Action and Reaction!
'One who kills also faces threats to his life,
One who conquers also faces being
conquered, One who reviles gets reviled.
Thus as a result of his own actions,
The spoiler will in turn be spoiled.'
Dh 67 (The Dhammapada)

To Purify The Mind!
Not to do any evil,
to cultivate good,
to purify one's mind,
this is the Teaching of the Buddhas
.

Sabbapapassa akaranam
kusalasa upasampada
Sacittapariyodapanam
etam buddhana sasanam.
Dhammapada 183

Good Begets Good!
Mind is the forerunner of all good states
Mind is chief; mind made are they.
If one speaks or acts with pure mind,
because of that,
happiness follows one,
even as one’s shadow that never leaves.

Manopubbangama dhamma
manosettha manomaya
Manasa ce pasannena
bhasati va karoti va.
Tato nam sukhamanveti
Chaya va anapayini.
Dhammapada 2

Purity & Impurity Depend On Oneself!
By oneself indeed evil is done
By oneself is one defiled.
By oneself is evil avoided
By oneself is indeed one purified.
Purity and impurity depend on oneself
No one purifies another.

Attana va katam papam
attana samkilissati
Attana akatam papam
attana va visujjhati
Suddhi asuddhi paccattam
n' anno annam visodhaye.
Dhammapada 165

Cultivate the Mind!
It is necessary to cultivate a certain
measure of mental discipline, for the
untamed mind always finds excuses to
commit evil in word or deed. When
thought is unguarded, bodily action is also
unguarded, so are speech and mental
action.
Anguttara Nikaya A.I: 261

Cultivate Good Friendship!
One should not associate with bad friends
(fools)
nor with the evil.
One should associate with good friends,
and with those who are noble(wise).

Na bhaje papake mitte
na bhaje purisadhame
Bhajetha mitte kalyane
bhajetha purisuttame.
Dhammapada 78

An Ill-Disposed Mind Is The Greatest
Enemy!
Whatever harm a foe may do to a foe,
or a hater to a hater,
an ill-directed mind can do one far greater
harm.

Diso disam yam tam katiya
veri va pana verinam
Micchapanihitam cittam
papiyo nam tato kare.
Dhammapada 42
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Avoid Evil Deeds to Avoid Suffering!
One who does not want to suffer,
Should do no evil deeds;
Openly or in secret.
Do evil now, and then later
Try though one may to flee it,
Yet surely one will suffer.
Ud.V: 4; Ud: 51 (Udana)

Avoid Selfish Friends!
A friend who always wants to take.
A friend who says but doesn't do.
A friend who uses flattering words.
A friend who joins you in the wrong.
These four friends are really foes
And one who is wise, having understood
this
will avoid them from afar
as if they were a dangerous road.
~ dh 248 (The Dhammapada)

Not To Associate With The Fools!
Truly, he who moves in company with fools
grieves for a long time.
Association with the foolish is ever painful
as with a foe.
Happy is association with the wise,
even like meeting with kinsfolk.
dh: 207 (The Dhammapada)

The Right Mental Attitude!
Be like a lion, that trembles not at sounds.
Be like the wind that does not cling to the
meshes of a net.
Be like a lotus that is not contaminated by
the mud from which it springs up............
SN:71 (Sutta-nipata)

Nature of Conditioned Things!
"Impermanent are all conditioned things
Their nature it is to rise and pass away
When they have risen, then again they
cease.
Happiness lies in the tranquillising of
them."
~ S.I: 158 (Samyutta Nikaya) ~

There Is No River Like Craving!
There is no fire like lust,
No grip like hate,
No net like delusion, and
No river like craving.
Dh 251 (The Dhammapada)

Tolerate Abuse!
When he was abused:
'Just as an elephant in the battle-field,
endures the arrows that are shot at him,
So will I endure that abuse and unfriendly
expressions of others.'
Dh: 320 (The Dhammapada)

Health is Paramount!
Health is the highest gain.
Contentment is the greatest wealth.
The trusty are the best kinsmen.
Nibbana* is the highest bliss.
(*Nibbana = Liberation from pain, sorrow and grief of
this world.)
Dh 204 (The Dhammapada)

A Single Day of Virtuous Life!
Though one should live a hundred years,
immoral and uncontrolled,
yet better, indeed, is a single day's life of
one who is moral and meditative.
Dh 110 (The Dhammapada)

Guard Your Thoughts!
The mind is very hard to perceive,
Extremely subtle, flits wherever it listeth.
Let the wise person guard it;
A guarded mind is conducive to happiness.
Dh 36 (The Dhammapada)

Wise Is He Who Acknowledges His
Foolishness!
The fool who knows that he is a fool
is for that reason a wise man;
the fool who thinks that he is wise
is called a fool indeed.

Yo bālo maññati bālyaṁ
paṇdito vā pi tena so
Bālo ca paṇditamānī
sa ve bālo ti vuccati
Dh 63 (The Dhammapada)

Avoid Evil Deeds to Avoid Suffering!
One who does not want to suffer,
Should do no evil deeds;
Openly or in secret.
Do evil now, and then later
Try though one may to flee it,
Yet surely one will suffer.
Ud.V: 4; Ud: 51 (Udana)

Happiness Of Having Wealth!
A householder has wealth justly and
lawfully won,
and with it he does many good deeds and
experiences worldly pleasure in a
respectable way.
When he thinks of this
he gains happiness and satisfaction.
A.II: 68 (Anguttara Nikaya)

Avoid Selfish Friends!
A friend who always wants to take.
A friend who says but doesn't do.
A friend who uses flattering words.
A friend who joins you in the wrong.
These four friends are really foes
And one who is wise, having understood
this
will avoid them from afar
as if they were a dangerous road.
~ dh 248 (The Dhammapada)

Evil Doer Digs His Own Grave!
Whoso in this world destroys life.
tells lies, takes what is not given,
goes to others' wives, and is addicted to
intoxicating drinks & drugs,
such a one digs up his own grave in this
world .
~ dh 248 (The Dhammapada)

Easy To See Are Others’ Faults!
Easily seen are others’ faults,
Hard indeed to see are one’s own.
like chaff one winnows another’s faults,
but hides ones’ own,
even as a crafty fowl hides behind sham
branches.
~ dh 252 (The Dhammapada)

Be Pure In Speech!
One should guard against misdeeds
caused by speech,
And one should be restrained in speech,
Giving up evil conduct in speech(Lying,
Harsh Speech, Malicious Gossips and
Meaningless Speech),
One should be of good conduct in speech.
~ dh 232 (The Dhammapada)