Chapter XVIII - MALA VAGGA - Impurities or Taints
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]
BE NOT AVARICIOUS AND DO NO WRONG
Evam bho purisa janahi papa dhamma asannata
Ma tam lobho adhammo ca ciram dukkhaya randhayum. 
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]
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. 
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.'
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