Sayings of the Buddha in Verse



Whoso in this world destroys life,
Tells lies, takes what is not given,
Goes to others' wives, and is addicted to intoxicating drinks,
Such a one digs up his own root in this world.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 246, 247)

There is no evil that cannot be done by the liar,
Who has transgressed the one law (of truthfulness),
And who is indifferent to a world beyond.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 176)

Whoever harms a harmless person, one pure and guiltless,
Upon that very fool the evil recoils like fine dust thrown against the wind.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 125)

One who tells lies (about others) goes to niraya (a woeful state);
One who has done evil and says, “I didn’t do it,” also goes to niraya.
Both of them being evil doers, suffers alike (in niraya) in their next existence.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 306)

Four misfortunes befall a careless man who commits adultery: acquisition of demerit, disturbed sleep, blame, and suffering in a woeful state. There is acquisition of demerit as well as evil destiny. Brief is the joy of the frightened man and woman. The King imposes a heavy punishment. Therefore, a man should not commit sexual misconduct with another man’s wife.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 309, 310)

He who does harm with weapons to those who are harmless and should not be harmed,
Will soon suffer any of these ten evil consequences.
He will be subject to acute pain, disaster, bodily injury, or even grievous sickness,
or loss of mind, or oppression by the king, or heavy accusation, or loss of relatives, or destruction of wealth, or ravaging fire that will burn his house.
Upon the dissolution of the body the fool will be reborn in hell.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 138, 139, 140)

By oneself, indeed, is evil done; by oneself is one defiled.
By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself, indeed, is one purified.
Purity and impurity depend on oneself.
No one purifies another.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 165)

As sweet as honey is an evil deed,
So thinks the fool so long as it ripens not;
But when it ripens,
Then he comes to grief.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 69)

An evil deed does not immediately bear fruit,
Just as milk does not curdle at once;
But it follows the fool,
Burning him like live coal covered with ashes.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 71)

Not in the sky,
Nor in mid-ocean,
Nor in a mountain cave,
Is found that place on earth where abiding,
One may escape from the consequences of one’s evil deeds.
~ The Buddha (Dhpd. 127)

Know thus, O good man: "not easy to control are evil things". Let not greed and hate drag you to suffering for a long period.
~ The Buddha


See Topic 20 for a more detailed discussion on this subject.


The source for the above material:
K. Sri Dhammananda. The Dhammapada. Copyright © 1988 by Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society, 123, Jalan Berhala, 50470, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Used with permission.




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