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14068The Only Clever Killing

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  • medit8ionsociety
    May 22, 2005
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      The Only Clever Killing:

      Sakka - the king of the 33 divinities - once
      spoke these verses to the Blessed Buddha:

      Having slain what, does one sleep in peace ?
      Having slain what, does one never sorrow?
      What is the one thing 0ohh Gotama
      Whose killing you approve ?

      The Blessed One:
      Having slain Anger, one sleeps in calm ease;
      Having slain Anger, one does not sorrow
      The killing of Anger, 0ohh Vasava
      With its poisoned root and honeyed tip:
      This is the killing, the Noble Ones approve.
      For having slain that, one does not grieve.

      Sakka continued:
      I am not one easily upset in mind.
      Nor easily agitated by Anger's whirl.
      I never become angry for long
      Nor does Anger hang on in me.
      When angry, I do not despise.
      Nor do I praise own qualities.
      I keep myself well controlled.
      Protecting my own future good.

      Therefore: Bring Anger under control;
      Do not let your friendships decay.
      Do not blame one who is blameless;
      Do not speak splitting speech.
      Like the roaring mountain avalanche
      Their own Anger crushes evil people.

      Do not let Anger overpower you;
      Do not become angry with the angry.
      Noble Ones always remain harmless.
      Like a devastating mountain avalanche
      Their own Hate crushes bad people.

      Source: The Grouped sayings of the Buddha.
      Samyutta Nikaya I 237-40

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