Loka Niti – Words of Wisdom: The Good Man

Continued from The Sage

The Good Man
33) Associate only with the virtuous. Knowing Dhamma from the virtuous is virtuous.

34) Abandon association with the wicked. Approach only the virtuous that should be associated with. Always do good deeds. Always be mindful of the law of impermanence (Sankhara Dhamma).

35) The wicked are like ripe figs –good looking outside but full of worms inside.

36) Though jackfruits have thorns outside the taste is sweet. So also are the hearts of the virtuous.

37) Sandalwood does not lose its fragrance even when dry. The great elephant does not shed its magnificence even on the battlefield. Sugarcane does not lose its sweetness even when at the mill. The wise and virtuous does not abandon virtue even when in trouble.

38) Lions, though hungry will not eat grass. The learned and virtuous though faced with poverty will not accept badness but always upholds virtue.

39) One of high prestige that safeguard lineage does not commit mean acts even when he becomes poor.

40) Fragrance of sandalwood is pleasant. More pleasant is the light of the moon. Still more so is the well-spoken word of the virtuous.

41) The sun might rise in the west. Mount Meru might bend. Hell fire might get cold. The lily might bloom on mountaintop. But the word of the virtuous will never be faulty.

42) The refuge of the tree is cold. Even more is the refuge of parents and relatives. Even more is the refuge of the teacher. Far more is the refuge of Buddha.

43) Deprives of parental teachings, one tends to be harsh in words and deeds. Benefited by parental teachings one is gentle in words and deeds.

44) Bees want flowers. The virtuous want virtue. Flies want the putrid.The wicked want anger.

45) On the battlefield the brave are wanted. In secret matters one who keeps his tongue is wanted. At a feast, one loved is wanted. In different and profound matters one learned is wanted.

46) The wicked, on seeing the virtuous wants to oppress and persecute him.

47) Nothing shouls be done in haste. If it is done hastily one could worry later.

48) The violent can be overcome by forbearance. The crooked can be overcome by being straightforward. The miserly can be overcome by lavishing. Those given to concoctions can be overcome by truth.

49) Patience, alertness, tenacity, reasoning, compassion, farsightedness are the parental and leadership virtues.

50) Little as the wealth of the virtuous may be, it can be used as good water from the well.

51) But much as the wealth of the no virtuous can be not useful as water from the ocean. Crave not for what should not. Think not for what should not. Think well in just way. Do not pass away the time in futility.

52) Dissolving anger frees one from worry. Expressing one’s gratitude is praised by the virtuous. Tolerating rude words is virtuous.

53) Staying in a narrow place full of fasces is suffering. More so is staying together with one hated. Still more so is staying together with the ungrateful.

54) Always admonish where it is due. Deter wicked ways. One who does so is liked by the virtuous, but disliked by the wicked.

55) Overcome peers through humility, the brave through separation, those lower through giving, equals through perseverance.

55) Misappropriating the property of the sangha is worse than taking me poison. Poison only kills once, by misappropriation of the sangha’s property will be detrimental in future existences.

56) Know the virtue of a good horse by its speed, A bull by the load it carries, A cow by the milk it yields, A learned man by his counsel on delicate matters.

57) Little as the wealth of the virtuous may be, it can be used as good water from a well. But much as the wealth of the nonvirtuous can be not useful as water from the ocean.

58) Rivers do not drink water. Trees do not eat fruit. The wealth of the virtuous is for the benefit of the others.

59) Crave not for what should. Think not for what should. Think well in just way. Do not pass away the time in futility.

60) It may happen though not planned. What is planned may fail. Wealth may not be obtained whenever tried.

61) Loving the unvirtuous, Disliking the virtuous, Delighting the ways of the unvirtuous, These are the causes of ruin.Continued from The Sage

The Good Man
33) Associate only with the virtuous. Knowing Dhamma from the virtuous is virtuous.

34) Abandon association with the wicked. Approach only the virtuous that should be associated with. Always do good deeds. Always be mindful of the law of impermanence (Sankhara Dhamma).

35) The wicked are like ripe figs –good looking outside but full of worms inside.

36) Though jackfruits have thorns outside the taste is sweet. So also are the hearts of the virtuous.

37) Sandalwood does not lose its fragrance even when dry. The great elephant does not shed its magnificence even on the battlefield. Sugarcane does not lose its sweetness even when at the mill. The wise and virtuous does not abandon virtue even when in trouble.

38) Lions, though hungry will not eat grass. The learned and virtuous though faced with poverty will not accept badness but always upholds virtue.

39) One of high prestige that safeguard lineage does not commit mean acts even when he becomes poor.

40) Fragrance of sandalwood is pleasant. More pleasant is the light of the moon. Still more so is the well-spoken word of the virtuous.

41) The sun might rise in the west. Mount Meru might bend. Hell fire might get cold. The lily might bloom on mountaintop. But the word of the virtuous will never be faulty.

42) The refuge of the tree is cold. Even more is the refuge of parents and relatives. Even more is the refuge of the teacher. Far more is the refuge of Buddha.

43) Deprives of parental teachings, one tends to be harsh in words and deeds. Benefited by parental teachings one is gentle in words and deeds.

44) Bees want flowers. The virtuous want virtue. Flies want the putrid.The wicked want anger.

45) On the battlefield the brave are wanted. In secret matters one who keeps his tongue is wanted. At a feast, one loved is wanted. In different and profound matters one learned is wanted.

46) The wicked, on seeing the virtuous wants to oppress and persecute him.

47) Nothing shouls be done in haste. If it is done hastily one could worry later.

48) The violent can be overcome by forbearance. The crooked can be overcome by being straightforward. The miserly can be overcome by lavishing. Those given to concoctions can be overcome by truth.

49) Patience, alertness, tenacity, reasoning, compassion, farsightedness are the parental and leadership virtues.

50) Little as the wealth of the virtuous may be, it can be used as good water from the well.

51) But much as the wealth of the no virtuous can be not useful as water from the ocean. Crave not for what should not. Think not for what should not. Think well in just way. Do not pass away the time in futility.

52) Dissolving anger frees one from worry. Expressing one’s gratitude is praised by the virtuous. Tolerating rude words is virtuous.

53) Staying in a narrow place full of fasces is suffering. More so is staying together with one hated. Still more so is staying together with the ungrateful.

54) Always admonish where it is due. Deter wicked ways. One who does so is liked by the virtuous, but disliked by the wicked.

55) Overcome peers through humility, the brave through separation, those lower through giving, equals through perseverance.

55) Misappropriating the property of the sangha is worse than taking me poison. Poison only kills once, by misappropriation of the sangha’s property will be detrimental in future existences.

56) Know the virtue of a good horse by its speed, A bull by the load it carries, A cow by the milk it yields, A learned man by his counsel on delicate matters.

57) Little as the wealth of the virtuous may be, it can be used as good water from a well. But much as the wealth of the nonvirtuous can be not useful as water from the ocean.

58) Rivers do not drink water. Trees do not eat fruit. The wealth of the virtuous is for the benefit of the others.

59) Crave not for what should. Think not for what should. Think well in just way. Do not pass away the time in futility.

60) It may happen though not planned. What is planned may fail. Wealth may not be obtained whenever tried.

61) Loving the unvirtuous, Disliking the virtuous, Delighting the ways of the unvirtuous, These are the causes of ruin.