The Dhammapada Vol 05 ~ 01

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event type discourse
date & time 11 Oct 1979 am
location Buddha Hall, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 54min. Quality: good.
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shorttitle DHAM0501
Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
The world is on fire:
And are you laughing?
You are deep in the dark.
Will you not ask for light?
For behold your body --
A painted puppet, a toy,
Jointed and sick and full of false imaginations,
A shadow that shifts and fades.
How frail it is!
Frail and pestilent,
It sickens, festers and dies.
Like every living thing
In the end it sickens and dies.
Behold these whitened bones,
The hollow shells and husks of a dying summer.
And are you laughing?
You are a house of bones,
Flesh and blood for plaster.
Pride lives in you,
And hypocrisy, decay and death.
The glorious chariots of kings shatter.
So also the body turns to dust.
But the spirit of purity is changeless
And so the pure instruct the pure.
The ignorant man is an ox.
He grows in size, not in wisdom.


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