29 01 2012 LESSON
508 Dhammapada Verses 50 Look Inwards And Not At
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Verse 50. Look Inwards
And Not At Others
nor what they did or failed to do,
but in oneself should be sought
things done, things left undone.
Do not find fault with others. Do not worry about what others do or not do.
Rather, look within yourself to find out what you yourself have done or left
undone. Stop doing evil; do good.
Dhammapada Verse 50
Paveyya ajivaka Vatthu
na paresam katakatam
katani akatani ca.
50: One should not consider the faults of others, nor their doing or not doing
good or bad deeds. One should consider only whether one has done or not done
good or bad deeds.
Story of the Ascetic Paveyya
residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (50) of this book,
with reference to the ascetic Paveyya and a rich lady.
lady of Savatthi had adopted Paveyya, an ascetic, as a son and was looking
after his needs. When she heard her neighbours talking in praise of the Buddha,
she wished very much to invite him to her house to offer him alms-food. So, the
Buddha was invited and choice food was offered. As the Buddha was expressing
appreciation (anumodana), Paveyya, who was in the next room, fumed with
rage. He blamed and cursed the lady for venerating the Buddha. The lady heard
him cursing and shouting and felt so ashamed that she could not concentrate on
what the Buddha was saying. The Buddha told her not to be concerned about those
curses and threats, but to concentrate only on her own good and bad deeds.
the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 50: One should not