Reflection from the Dhammapada Verses
 

 Mind is the origin of events.

They have mind as the chief, and are mind-impelled. 
If one harbours an evil thought in the mind,

and then speaks or acts;

suffering pursues one necessarily. 
As a cart (necessarily) rolls over the track.

(Ven KL. Dhammajoti: 1995)


 All experience is preceded by mind,

led by mind, made by mind. 
Speak or act with a corrupted mind,

and suffering follows, 
As the wagon wheel follows the hoof of the ox. 

 

All experience is preceded by mind,

led by mind, made by mind.
Speak or act with a peaceful mind,

and happiness follows,
like a never-departing shadow.

(Dr. Gil Fronsdal, 2008:3)


Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief;

they are all mind-wrought.

If with an impure mind a person speaks

or acts suffering follows him like the wheel

that follows the foot of the ox.

(Dhammapada Verse No. 1)


Mind precedes all mental states.

Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought.

If with a pure mind a person speaks or

acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow.

(Dhammapada Verse No. 2)


Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world.

By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased.

This is a law eternal.

(Dhammapada Verse No. 5)


There are those who do not realize

that one day we all must die.

But those who do realize this settle their quarrels.

(Dhammapada Verse No. 6)


Let the wise man guard the mind,

so difficult to detect and extremely subtle,

seizing whatever it desires.

A guarded mind brings happiness.

(Dhammapada Verse No. 36)