The Only Clever Killing
- 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.
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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