Chapter XVIII - MALA VAGGA - Impurities or Taints

HE WHO DOES NOT OBSERVE THE FIVE PRECEPTS RUINS HIMSELF

HE WHO DOES NOT OBSERVE THE FIVE PRECEPTS RUINS HIMSELF

Yo panam atipateti musavadan ca bhasati
Loke adinnam adiyati paradaran ca gacchati.
Surameraya panan ca yo naro anuyunjati
Idh' evam eso lokasmim mulam khanati attano.
[246-247]


He who destroys life, tells lies, takes what is not given,
commits adultery, and is addicted to intoxicating drinks, digs in his own roots even in this very life. [246-247]


BE NOT AVARICIOUS AND DO NO WRONG

Evam bho purisa janahi papa dhamma asannata
Ma tam lobho adhammo ca ciram dukkhaya randhayum.
[248]


Know this, O good man, that evil things are difficult to control. Let not greed and wickedness drag you to suffering for a long time. [248]



XVIII:07 It is not easy to observe precepts

On one occasion five lay-disciples were observing the precepts at the Jetavana monastery. Each of them was only observing one of the five moral precepts (sila). Each observed a particular precept and claimed that that particular precept was the most difficult. As there were disagreements and arguments, they reported their differences to the Buddha, who admonished them, 'You should not consider any individual precept as being easy or unimportant. The observance of the precepts will lead to real happiness. Do not think lightly of any of the precepts; none of them is easy to observe.'