1. If you hold yourself dear


    ចម្ការ​ថ្នាំ​ជក់​នៅ​ឃុំ​ស្វាយឃ្លាំង ស្រុក​ក្រូចឆ្មារ ខេត្ត​ត្បូងឃ្មុំ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៣ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៦។ RFA/Cheu Sideth

    That is what the Blessed One said. Having said that, the One Well-Gone, the Teacher, said further:

    If you hold yourself dear
    then don’t fetter yourself
    with evil,
    for happiness isn’t easily gained
    by one who commits
    a wrong-doing.

    When seized by the End-maker
    as you abandon the human state,
    what’s truly your own?
    What do you take along when you go?
    What follows behind you
    like a shadow
    that never leaves?

    Both the merit & evil
    that you as a mortal
    perform here:
    that’s what’s truly your own,
    what you take along when you go;
    that’s what follows behind you
    like a shadow
    that never leaves.

    So do what is admirable,
    as an accumulation
    for the future life.
    Deeds of merit are the support for beings
    when they arise
    in the other world.

    “Piya Sutta: Dear” (SN 3.4), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
    Source: Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 30 November 2013


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