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Asked by ppcakes (457points) April 2nd, 2008

I was wondering if anyone on here has read this book and if you have what kind of rating would you give it. There are plenty of “dhamapada’s” to choose from all having a diffrent author, but i was wondering what everyone here feels about not only the book but about dharma and karma.

btw i am not fully done the book but so far i am enjoying it.

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YES. I… can’t begin to express my love for it. I don’t think I could pick a book.
I cite them wayyyy too often.
They say so much about how I choose to live my life. Its really a breath of fresh air when I look at them.

“See the false as false,
The true as true.
Look into your heart.
Follow your nature.
An unreflecting mind is a poor roof.
Passion, like the rain, floods the house.
But if the roof is strong, there is shelter.
Whoever follows impure thoughts
Suffers in this world and the next.
In both worlds he suffers
And how greatly
When he sees the wrong he has done.”


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I have to quote another part. I can’t help it!

You shall, even as the man
Who seeks flowers
Finds the most beautiful,
The rarest.
Understand that the body
Is merely the foam of a wave,
The shadow of a shadow.
Snap the flower arrows of desire
And then, unseen,
Escape the king of death.

And travel on.
Death overtakes the man
Who gathers flowers
When with distracted mind and thirsty senses
He searches vainly for happiness
In the pleasures of the world.
Death fetches him away
As a flood carries off a sleeping village.
Death overcomes him
When with distracted mind and thirsty senses
He gathers flowers.
He will never have his fill
Of the pleasures of the world.
The bee gathers nectar from the flower
Without marring its beauty or perfume.
So let the master settle, and wander.”

I always cite “Violence” as and explanation of why i’m a pacifist. No one ever really understands, though.

ppcakes's avatar

thank you so much, i didn’t think anyone had began to read it, atleast here. I’m really glad i asked the question! i stumbled something on dharma one night and i saw the book, i immediately was like i must have it, so i bought a really crappy one and that one was falsified by the man who wrote it, so i bought another copy. right now i am reading the back story on it, i haven’t yet gotten to them parts. Also who was the one you read by?

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