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Dhammapada or way of Righteousness, is the name of one of the canonical books of the Buddhist sacred scripture. It is written in the Pali language. It consists of 423 stanzas. These are reputed to be the very words of Buddha.
The Dhammapada commentary (in Pali Dhammapad-Attha-katha) is ascribed to Buddhaghosa. The greatest of all the Buddhist scholastics. This aspiration is without due warrant, as appears from translator's Introduction. The commentary purports to tell us "where, when, why, for what purpose, with reference to what situation, with reference to what person or persons," Buddha uttered each one of these stanzas. In so doing, the author of the commentary narrates 299 legends or stories. These stories are the preponderating element of the commentary, and it are these which are here translated.
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Some are reborn on earth, evil-doers go to hell,
The righteous go to heaven, Arahats pass to Nibbana.
By self alone is evil done, by self alone does one suffer,
By self alone is evil left undone, by self alone does one obtain Salvation.
Salvation and Perdition depend upon self; no man can save another.
The shunning of all evil, the doing of good,
the cleansing of the heart: this is the Religion of the Buddhas.
One should overcome anger with kindness;
One should overcome evil with good;
One should overcome the niggard with gifts,
And the speaker of falsehood with truth.
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