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  • John Kelly
    Pali - Every few days - [B095] Gair/Karunatillake - Chapter 5 – Further Readings Ex. 3. (Part 2 of 2) «Ta.m ki.m ma~n~nasi, mahaaraaja, tatta.m ayogu.la.m
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      Pali - Every few days - [B095]
      Gair/Karunatillake - Chapter 5 � Further Readings
      Ex. 3. (Part 2 of 2)

      �Ta.m ki.m ma~n~nasi, mahaaraaja, tatta.m ayogu.la.m
      aaditta.m sampajjalita.m sajotibhuuta.m eko jaananto
      ga.nheyya, eko ajaananto ga.nheyya, katamo
      balavatara.m .dayheyyaa�ti.
      "What do you think, great king, who would get burned
      more, one who knowing picks up a hot iron ball, ablaze
      and glowing, or one who not knowing picks it up?�

      �Yo kho, bhante, ajaananto ga.nheyya, so balavatara.m
      .dayheyyaa�ti.
      �Indeed, venerable sir, he who not knowing picks it up
      would get burned more�.

      �Evameva kho, mahaaraaja, yo ajaananto paapakamma.m
      karoti, tassa bahutara.m apu~n~nan�ti.
      "Indeed, great king, in the same way the greater
      demerit is for him who does evil not knowing�.

      �Kallo�si, bhante Naagasenaa�ti.
      "You are clever, venerable Nagasena.�
      (Miln. III.7.8. Jaanantaajaanantapaapakara.napa~nho)

      I'm delighted the first part of this post generated
      such interesting discussion! I agree with the
      majority of posters that go along with the view
      expressed by Nagasena, even though at first it seemed
      a little counter-intuitive (as per Michael's post).
      However, when ignorance is present, the unwholesome
      kamma would be greater.

      Metta,
      John

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