Dhammapada

Tanhavagga ⧸ Gāthā 337

Taṃ vo vadāmi bhaddaṃ vo yāvantettha samāgatā Taṇhāya mūlaṃ khaṇatha usīrattho bīraṇaṃ vo nalaṃ va soto va māro bhañji punappunaṃ

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Thirst ⧸ Verse 337

This salutary word I tell you, `Do ye, as many as are here assembled, dig up the root of thirst, as he who wants the sweet-scented Usira root must dig up the Birana grass, that Mara (the tempter) may not crush you again and again, as the stream crushes the reeds.
English translation by Max Müller, from The Sacred Books of the East (1881).

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