Dhammapada

Pupphavagga ⧸ Gāthā 49

Yathāpi bhamaro pupphaṃ vaṇṇagandhaṃ aheṭhayaṃ
Paḷeti rasamādāya evaṃ gāme munī care

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Flowers ⧸ Verse 49

As a bee gathers honey from the flower without injuring its color or fragrance, even so the sage goes on his alms-round in the village.
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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