Dhammapada

Nirayavagga ⧸ Gāthā 308

Seyye ayoguḷo bhutto tatto aggisikhūpamo
Yañce bhūñjeyya dussīlo raṭṭhapiṇḍaṃ asaññato

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The Downward Course ⧸ Verse 308

It is better for one to eat a red-hot lump of iron burning like a flame than to eat alms-food offered by the people, if one is without morality (sila) and unrestrained in thought, word and deed.
English translation by Daw Mya Tin. Edited by Editorial Committee, Burma Tipitaka Association Rangoon, Burma, 1986. For free distribution only, as a gift of dhamma.

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