Craving – The Dhammapada | Text Reading 7/29/12

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Craving – The Dhammapada | Text Reading 7/29/12

UZ Text Reading from July 29th 2012

Craving

The Dhammapada

Chapter 24

The craving of a person who lives carelessly grows like a creeping vine. He plunges from existence to existence, like a monkey seeking fruit in the forest.

Whomever this miserable craving, this entanglement in the world, overcomes, his sorrows grow, like grass well rained upon.

But whoever overcomes this miserable craving, in the world hard to overcome, sorrows fall away from him, like a drop of water from a lotus blossom.

I speak to you this auspicious word, to tell all you assembled here: you must dig out the root of craving as a person in need of roots pulls out the plant. Do not let Mara break you again & again as a stream breaks a reed.

As tree grows back if the root is undamaged & firm, so too this pain emerges again & again, if the tenancy toward craving is not rooted out.

The person whose 36 streams flow mighty toward what is pleasing, the currents — thoughts rooted in passion — carry that person of wrong views away.

Streams always flow. A plant, having sprouted, is still. Seeing the plant arise, you must cut its root with insight!

Flowing, moistened delights arise in a person. Seeking ease, binding themselves to pleasure, these people undergo birth & old age.

Harassed by craving, people scurry about like a hunted hare. Bound by clinging & attachment, they experience pain again & again for a long time.

Harassed by craving, people scurry about like a hunted hare. Therefor, let the practitioner, longing to be free from passion, dispel craving from himself.

The person who is without cravings, yet intent on the forest of desire, who, freed from the forest of desire, runs back to the forest of desire — just look at that person: released, he runs back into bondage.

The wise say that the bond is not strong that is made of iron, wood, or reed. But the passionate longing for jewelry, wives, & children — this, say the wise, is a strong bond: weighty, yielding, & hard to loosen. Cutting even that, those without longing wander, having abandoned the pleasure of worldly desires.

Those who are effected by passion fall into a torrent of their own making, like a spider in its own web. Cutting even that, the wise proceed without longing, having abandoned all pain.

Let go of the past! Let go of the future! In the present, let go! Gone to the other shore of becoming, mind released eternally, you will never again undergo birth & old age.

For a person who is agitated by thoughts, whose passions are severe, who searches for the pleasurable, craving grows all the more. This person makes the bondage strong.

The person who delights in the calming of thought, meditates on the unpleasant, constantly mindful — this one will remove, this one will cut, the bond of Mara.

The goal achieved, fearless, free from craving, clear, he destroys the sting of becoming. This is the final embodiment.

Free from craving, not grasping, skilled in the interpretation of sentences, he would understand the assemblage of the words, from first to last. He who has the final body, possessing vast wisdom, is called a “great person.”

Overcoming all, knowing all, am I. Unstained by all phenomena, abandoning everything, released at the dissolution of craving. Having realized this myself, whom could I teach?

The gift of the teaching surpasses every gift. The favor of the teaching surpasses every favor. Delight from the teaching surpasses all delight. The dissolution of craving conquers every pain.

Possessions hurt the unthinking person, but not those seeking the other shore. Because of his craving for passions, the unthinking one hurts himself, just as he hurts all others.

Weeds are the ruin of fields. Passion is the ruin of this human world. So, to those without passion, what is given yields abundant fruit.

Weeds are the ruin of fields. Hatred is the ruin of this human world. So, to those without hatred, what is given yields abundant fruit.

Weeds are the ruin of fields. Delusion is the ruin of this human world. So, to those without delusion, what is given yields abundant fruit.

Weeds are the ruin of fields. Yearning is the ruin of this human world. So, to those without yearning, what is given yields abundant fruit.

[The Dhammapada – Verses on the Way \ A New Translation of the Teachings of The Buddha ]

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