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Sahassavagga

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Title: Sahassavagga: Thousands

Summary:

Dhp VIII

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Sahassavagga: Thousands

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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<h5>100-102</h5>

Better

than if there were thousands of meaningless words is

one
meaningful
word

that on hearing brings peace.

<a name=“dhp-101” id=“dhp-101”></a> Better than if there were thousands of meaningless verses is

one
meaningful
verse

that on hearing brings peace.

And better than chanting hundreds of meaningless verses is

one
Dhamma-saying

that on hearing brings peace.

<h5>103-105</h5>

Greater in battle than the man who would conquer a thousand-thousand men, is he who would conquer just one —

   himself.

Better to conquer yourself

than others.

When you've trained yourself, living in constant self-control, neither a deva nor gandhabba, nor a Mara banded with Brahmas, could turn that triumph back into defeat.

<h5>106-108</h5> <a name=“dhp-106” id=“dhp-106”></a>

You could, month by month,

at a cost of thousands,

conduct sacrifices

a hundred times,
   or

pay a single moment's homage

to one person,
self-cultivated.

Better than a hundred years of sacrifices would that act of homage be. You could, for a hundred years, live in a forest

tending a fire,
   or

pay a single moment's homage

to one person,
self-cultivated.

Better than a hundred years of sacrifices would that act of homage be. Everything offered or sacrificed in the world for an entire year by one seeking merit doesn't come to a fourth.

Better to pay respect
to those who've gone
the straight way.

<h5>109</h5>

If you're respectful by habit, constantly honoring the worthy, four things increase:

long life, beauty,
happiness, strength.

<h5>110-115</h5>

Better than a hundred years lived without virtue, uncentered, is

one day

lived by a virtuous person absorbed in jhana. And better than a hundred years lived undiscerning, uncentered, is

one day

lived by a discerning person absorbed in jhana. And better than a hundred years lived apathetic & unenergetic, is

one day

lived energetic & firm. And better than a hundred years lived without seeing arising & passing away, is

one day

lived seeing arising & passing away. And better than a hundred years lived without seeing the Deathless state, is

one day

lived seeing the Deathless state. And better than a hundred years lived without seeing the ultimate Dhamma, is

one day

lived seeing the ultimate Dhamma.

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