Dhammapada 361 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ven. Londonaye Dammagawesi Thero   
Monday, 11 May 2009 06:34

Kaayena samvaro saadhu
Saadhu vaacahaaya samvaro
Manasaa samvaro saadhu
Saadhu sabbattha samvaro

English translation:
Good is restraint of the body. Good is restraint of speech. Good is restraint of the mind. Restraint everywhere is good.
Restraint thus represents the way to still the mind, words and actions as a prelude to freedom from suffering and anxiety.
The above stanza is taken from the Dhammapada, a work that records sayings of the Buddha through his 45 long years of ministry, and which reaches out to all humanity. The Dhammapada underscores humanity's common heritage and it helps transcend narrow sectarian values.


The Buddha never claimed to have invented or created the Dhamma which he taught. He only helped remove the ignorance (avidya, moha) and delusions that prevented humans from perceiving the ultimate truth and he showed the way to this truth. One will also see similarity in the truths/ lessons of these sayings with the words uttered by other spiritual leaders, demonstrating that the Buddha only claimed to have observed life, events and nature and to have simply revealed the hard-seen truths. This also encourages us in any age to be able to realise the ultimate truth if we are prepared to listen and observe diligently (both within and without).


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