The Dhammapada is one of the best known and widely esteemed texts in Pāli Tripitaka, the sacred scriptures of Theravāda Buddhism. The Dhammapada contains 423 verses which were originally spoken by the Supreme Buddha in response to a particular episode. Each verse is a guideline to right living. The Dhammapada gives us fascinating insights into mind, the self, decay and death, craving, the Eight Noble Path and so on. One can really attain Nibbana, the freedom from suffering, if one tries to understand the meanings of these noble verses and live accordingly. (Whoever earnestly practices the teachings found in the Dhammapada will taste the bliss of Nibbana)
- Manopubbangama dhamma manosettha manomayā, manasā ce padutthena bhasati vā karoti vā tato nam dukkamanveti cakkam va vahato padam.
Mind is the origin of mental states. Mind is their chief. They are all mind-made. If with a impure mind a person speaks and acts, suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the Ox.
- Manopubbangama dhamma manosettha manomayā, manasa ce pasannena bhasativā karoti vā. Tato nam suka manveti chayava anapāyini.
Mind is the origin of mental states. Mind is their chief. They are all mind-made. If with a pure mind a person speaks or act, happiness follows him like one’s shadow that never leaves.