Dhammapada

Pupphavagga ⧸ Gāthā 47

Pupphāni heva pacinantaṃ byāsattamanasaṃ naraṃ
Suttaṃ gāmaṃ mahogho va maccu ādāya gacchati

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Flowers ⧸ Verse 47

As a mighty flood sweeps away the sleeping village, so death carries away the person of distracted mind who only plucks the flowers (of pleasure).
English translation © 1985 Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka. From The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita.

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