Appamadavagga ⧸ On Earnestness

  1. Appamādo amatapadaṃ pamādo maccuno padaMindfulness is the way to the Deathless (Nibbana); unmindfulness is the way to Death. Those who are mindful do not die; those who are not mindful are as if already dead.
  2. Etaṃ visesato ñatvā appamādamhi paṇḍitFully comprehending this, the wise, who are mindful, rejoice in being mindful and find delight in the domain of the Noble Ones (Ariyas).
  3. Te jhāyino sātatikā niccaṃ daḷhaparakkamThe wise, constantly cultivating Tranquillity and Insight Development Practice, being ever mindful and steadfastly striving, realize Nibbana: Nibbana, which is free from the bonds of yoga*; Nibbana, the Incomparable!
  4. Uṭṭhānavato satimato sucikammassa nisammakārinThose with initiative,
  5. Uṭṭhānenappamādena saññamena damena cThrough initiative, heedfulness,
  6. Pamādamanuyuñjanti bālā dummedhino janThe foolish and the ignorant give themselves over to negligence; whereas the wise treasure mindfulness as a precious jewel.
  7. Mā pamādamanuyuñjetha mā kāmarati santhavaTherefore, one should not be negligent, nor be addicted to sensual pleasures; for he who is established in mindfulness, through cultivation of Tranquillity and Insight Development Practice, experiences supreme happiness (i.e., realizes Nibbana).
  8. Pamādaṃ appamādena yadā nudati paṇḍitWhen the wise person drives out
  9. Appamatto pamattesu suttesu bahujāgarHeedful among the heedless,
  10. Appamādena maghavā devānaṃ seṭṭhataṃ gatThrough heedfulness, Indra won
  11. Appamādarato bhikkhu pamāde bhaya dassivThe monk delighting in heedfulness,
  12. Appamādarato bhikkhu pamāde bhaya dassivThe monk delighting in heedfulness,

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