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Theragatha
Chapter VI — The Sixes

221

Brahmadatta

[pali][rhyc]

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
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Whence is there anger
in one without anger
    tamed, calmed, living in tune,
    released through right gnosis,
    Such?

You make things worse
when you flare up
at someone who's angry.
Whoever doesn't flare up
at someone who's angry
    wins a battle
    hard to win.

You live for the good of both
    -- your own, the other's --
when, knowing the other's provoked,
    you mindfully grow calm.

When you work the cure of both
    -- your own, the other's --
those who think you a fool
know nothing of Dhamma.

If anger arises,
reflect on the saw simile. [1]
If craving for savor,
remember the son's-flesh simile.[2]

If your mind runs loose
after sensual pleasures
and states of becoming,
quickly restrain it with mindfulness
as you would a bad ox
eating grain.[3]

 


[1] See MN 21.

[2] See SN XII.63.

[3] See MN 19.

 


 

References:

See also: SN XI.5

 


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