Dhammapada

Pupphavagga ⧸ Gāthā 49

Yathāpi bhamaro pupphaṃ vaṇṇagandhaṃ aheṭhayaṃ
Paḷeti rasamādāya evaṃ gāme munī care

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Flowers ⧸ Verse 49

As the bee collects nectar and flies away without damaging the flower or its colour or its scent, so also, let the bhikkhu dwell and act in the village (without affecting the faith and generosity or the wealth of the villagers).
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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