Guardians of the World
Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Provenance, terms and conditons
Conscience and concern.
If these two bright qualities
did not guard the world,
there would be no recognition
of 'mother' here,
no recognition of 'mother's sister,'
'teacher's wife,' or
'wife of those who deserve respect.'
The world would be immersed in promiscuity,
like rams with goats,
roosters with pigs,
or dogs with jackals.
But because these two bright qualities
guard the world,
there is recognition of 'mother,'
and 'wife of those who deserve respect.'"
 For the results of unskillful actions.