Dhammapada /appamadvaggo 21-30

Dhammapada /Yamakvaggo
Lord Buddha

अप्पमादो अमतपदं , पमादो मच्‍चुनो पदं।

अप्पमत्ता न मीयन्ति, ये पमत्ता यथा मता॥21

Mindfulness is the way to the Deathless (Nibbana); unmindfulness is the way to Death. Those who are mindful do not die; those who are not mindful are as if already dead.

एवं  विसेसतो ञत्वा, अप्पमादम्हि पण्डिता।

अप्पमादे पमोदन्ति, अरियानं गोचरे रता॥22

Fully comprehending this, the wise, who are mindful, rejoice in being mindful and find delight in the domain of the Noble Ones (Ariyas).

ते झायिनो साततिका, निच्‍चं दळ्हपरक्‍कमा।

फुसन्ति धीरा निब्बानं, योगक्खेमं अनुत्तरं॥23

The wise, constantly cultivating Tranquillity and Insight Development Practice, being ever mindful and steadfastly striving, realize Nibbana: Nibbana, which is free from the bonds of yoga; Nibbana, the Incomparable!

उट्ठानवतो सतीमतो , सुचिकम्मस्स निसम्मकारिनो।

सञ्‍ञतस्स धम्मजीविनो, अप्पमत्तस्स  यसोभिवड्ढति॥24

If a person is energetic, mindful, pure in his thought, word and deed, and if he does everything with care and consideration, restrains his senses, earns his living according to the Law (Dhamma) and is not unheedful, then, the fame and fortune of that mindful person steadily increase.

उट्ठानेनप्पमादेन , संयमेन दमेन च।

दीपं कयिराथ मेधावी, यं ओघो नाभिकीरति॥25

Through diligence, mindfulness, discipline (with regard to moral precepts), and control of his senses, let the man of wisdom make (of himself) an island which no flood can overwhelm.

पमादमनुयुञ्‍जन्ति, बाला दुम्मेधिनो जना।

अप्पमादञ्‍च मेधावी, धनं सेट्ठंव रक्खति॥26

The foolish and the ignorant give themselves over to negligence; whereas the wise treasure mindfulness as a precious jewel.

मा पमादमनुयुञ्‍जेथ, मा कामरतिसन्थवं ।

अप्पमत्तो हि झायन्तो, पप्पोति विपुलं सुखं॥27

Therefore, one should not be negligent, nor be addicted to sensual pleasures; for he who is established in mindfulness, through cultivation of Tranquillity and Insight Development Practice, experiences supreme happiness (i.e., realizes Nibbana).

पमादं अप्पमादेन, यदा नुदति पण्डितो।

पञ्‍ञापासादमारुय्ह, असोको सोकिनिं पजं।

पब्बतट्ठोव भूमट्ठे , धीरो बाले अवेक्खति॥28

The wise one dispels negligence by means of mindfulness; he ascends the tower of wisdom and being free from sorrow looks at the sorrowing beings. Just as one on the mountain top looks at those on the plain below, so also, the wise one (the arahat) looks at the foolish and the ignorant.

अप्पमत्तो पमत्तेसु, सुत्तेसु बहुजागरो।

अबलस्संव सीघस्सो, हित्वा याति सुमेधसो॥29

Mindful amongst the negligent, highly vigilant amongst the drowsy, the man of wisdom advances like a race-horse, leaving the jade behind.

अप्पमादेन मघवा, देवानं सेट्ठतं गतो।

अप्पमादं पसंसन्ति, पमादो गरहितो सदा॥30

Through mindfulness (in doing meritorious deeds) Magha became king of the devas. Mindfulness is always praised, but negligence is always blamed.

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