Like Dust in The Wind

Buddha

Move towards good. Cease from evil.
Evil takes over when good is neglected.

One evil is enough-why repeat it?
Only grief will follow if the mind thinks evil.

One good is a beginning which needs repetition.
Only joy will follow if the mind thinks good.

Happy is the sinner till evil ripens.
When evil ripens, he comes to grief.

Sad is the good man till good deeds ripen.
When good deeds ripen, joy surrounds him.

Some think lightly, “Evil won’t touch me”.
Evils fill a fool as drops fill a waterpot.

Some think lightly, “Virtues won’t affect me”.
Little drops fill a waterpot.
Little virtues make a wise man.

A rich and lonely trader avoids lonely dark roads.
A man in love with life avoids poison.
A wise man avoids evil deeds.

A finger without a wound touches poison,
and poison cannot harm it.
Evil cannot harm one who is not evil.

Like dust flung in the wind
which the wind flings back,
evil recoils on the fool
who harms the innocent.

The good go to heaven, the sinners to hell,
some are born again, and some find Nirvana.

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

Where can a man escape death?
Not in the sky, not in the ocean,
Not in the deep valleys of mighty mountains.

source: The Buddha
image: Eddie’s Image Collection

editor’s note: originally  posted as “Evil Conduct” May 2009

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