Evil Conduct

Buddha (2)

Move towards good. Cease from evil.

Evil takes over when good is neglected.

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One evil is enough-why repeat it?

Only grief will follow if the mind thinks evil.

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One good is a beginning which needs repetition.

Only joy will follow if the mind thinks good.

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Happy is the sinner till evil ripens.

When evil ripens, he comes to grief.

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Sad is the good man till good deeds ripen.

When good deeds ripen, joy surrounds him.

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Some think lightly, “Evil won’t touch me”.

Evils fill a fool as drops fill a waterpot.

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Some think lightly, “Virtures won’t affect me”.

Little drops fill a waterpot.

Little virtures make a wise man.

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A rich and lonely trader avoids lonely dark roads.

A man in love with life avoids poison.

A wise man avoids evil deeds.

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A finger without a wound touches poison,

and poison cannot harm it.

Evil cannot harm one who is not evil.

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Like dust flung in the wind

which the wind flings back,

evil recoils on the fool

who harms the innocent.

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The good go to heaven, the sinners to hell,

some are born again, and some find Nirvana.

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Where in the world can a man escape

the evil results of his evil deeds?

Not in the sky, not in the ocean,

not in the deep valleys of mighty mountains.

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Where can a man escape death?

Not in the sky, not in the ocean,

Not in the deep valleys of mighty mountains.

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Buddha

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editors note: this is a reblogging

of original post May 2, 2009

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7 thoughts on “Evil Conduct

  1. “A finger without a wound touches poison,

    and poison cannot harm it.”
    I love those lines because they speak enormous truth–There’s no such thing as being “a little bit bad.” the tiniest infection grows bigger if left unchecked, and evil is an infection of the soul.

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