30 12 2011 LESSON 480 Dhammapada
Verse
 18 Virtuous Deeds Make One Rejoice
Itivuttaka: The Group
of Threes
31 12
2011 LESSON 481
Dhammapada Verse 19 Fruits of Religious Life Through Practice This was said by the
Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard:
“There are these
three properties. Which three? The property of form, the property of
formlessness, & the property of cessation.[1] These are the three properties.”

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Practice a Sutta a Day Keeps Dukkha Away


Verse  18. Virtuous Deeds Make One Rejoice

Here
one’s glad, one’s glad hereafter,
in both ways is the merit-maker glad;
‘Merit I’ve made’, serenely one is glad,
and more one’s glad passed to blissful states.

Explanation:
The
person who has done good and virtuous deeds rejoices in this world. Gone to a
pleasant state of existence after death, he rejoices exceedingly. This way he
rejoices here and in the next world. In both worlds he rejoices realizing that
he has done virtuous deeds.

 

Iti 50-99

PTS: Iti 44-98

Vagga.sutta: Iti 3.1-50

Itivuttaka: The Group of Threes

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

ยฉ 2001โ€“2011

Alternate translation: Ireland

ยง 50. {Iti 3.1; Iti 44}   

This was said by the Blessed One, said by the
Arahant, so I have heard:
“There are these three roots of what is
unskillful. Which three? Greed as a root of what is unskillful, aversion as a
root of what is unskillful, delusion as a root of what is unskillful. These are
the three roots of what is unskillful.”

Greed, aversion, delusion
destroy the self-same person of evil mind from whom they are born, like the
fruiting of the bamboo.

 

31 12
2011 LESSON 481
Dhammapada Verse 19 Fruits of Religious Life Through Practice This was said by the
Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard:
“There are these
three properties. Which three? The property of form, the property of
formlessness, & the property of cessation.[1] These are the three properties.”

 

 

 

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Practice a Sutta a Day Keeps Dukkha Away


Verse 19. Fruits of
Religious Life Through Practice

Though
many sacred texts he chants
the heedless man’s no practiser,
as cowherd counting other’s kine
in samanaship he has no share.

Explanation:
Some persons may know the words of the Buddha extensively and can repeat it
all. But through utter neglect they do not live up to it. In consequence they
do not reach any religions attainments. They do not enjoy the fruit of the
recluse life. This is exactly like the way of life of a cowherd who looks after
another’s cattle. The cowherd takes the cattle to the pastures in the morning,
and in the evening he takes them back to the owner’s house. He gets only the
wages.

 

51. {Iti 3.2; Iti 45}   

This
was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard:
“There are these
three properties. Which three? The property of form, the property of
formlessness, & the property of cessation.[1]

These are the three properties.”

Comprehending
the property of form, not taking a stance in the formless, those released in
cessation are people who’ve left death behind. Having touched with his body the
deathless property free from acquisitions, having realized the relinquishing of
acquisitions, fermentation-free, the Rightly Self-awakened One teaches the
state with no sorrow, no dust.

Note

1.

The property of form
corresponds to the experience of the form of the body as present in the first
four levels of jhana (see
Glossary). The property of
formlessness corresponds to the formless experiences based on the fourth level
of jhana: the dimension of the infinitude of space, the dimension of the
infinitude of consciousness, the dimension of nothingness, and the dimension of
neither perception nor non-perception. The property of cessation is the experience
of the total cessation of stress.