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13 02 2012 LESSON 523 DhammapadaVerse 68 Sumanamalakara Vatthu Happiness Results From Good Deeds
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13 02 2012 LESSON 523
DhammapadaVerse 68
Sumanamalakara Vatthu Happiness Results From Good Deeds


Through :



Practice a Sutta a Day
Keeps Dukkha Away

Verse 68. Happiness
Results From Good Deeds

well-made is that kamma
which done brings no remorse,
of which one senses the result
with glad mind and with joy.

It is good if one were to do such actions that would not bring repentance
later. One should do things that bring pleasant consequences.

Dhammapada Verse 68
Sumanamalakara Vatthu

kammam katam sadhu

yam katva nanutappati
yassa patito sumano
vipikam patisevati.

68: That deed is well done if one has not to repent for having done it, and if
one is delightful and happy with the result of that deed.

Story of Sumana, the Florist

residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (68) of this book,
with reference to Sumana the florist.

florist, named Sumana, had to supply King Bimbisara of Rajagaha with jasmin
flowers every morning. One day, as he was going to the king’s palace he saw the
Buddha, with a halo of light-rays radiating from him, coming into town for
alms-food accompanied by many bhikkhus. Seeing the Buddha in his resplendent
glory, the florist Sumana felt a strong desire to offer his flowers to the
Buddha. Then and there, he decided that even if the king were to drive him out
of the country or to kill him, he would not offer the flowers to the king for
that day. Thus, he threw up the flowers to the sides, to the back and over and
above the head of the Buddha. The flowers remained hanging in the air; those
over the head formed a canopy of flowers and those at the back and the sides
formed walls of flowers. These flowers followed the Buddha in this position as
he moved on, and stopped when the Buddha stopped. As the Buddha proceeded,
surrounded by walls of flowers, and a canopy of flowers, with the six-coloured
rays radiating from his body, followed by a large entourage, thousands of
people inside and outside of Rajagaha came out of their houses to pay obeisance
to the Buddha. As for Sumana, his entire body was suffused with delightful
satisfaction (Piti).

wife of the florist Sumana then went to the king and said that she had nothing
to do with her husband failing to supply the king with flowers for that day.
The king, being a Sotapanna himself, felt quite happy about the flowers.
He came out to see the wonderful sight and paid obeisance to the Buddha. The
king also took the opportunity to offer alms-food to the Buddha and his
disciples. After the meal, the Buddha returned in the Jetavana monastery and
the king followed him for some distance. On arrival back at the palace King
Bimbisara sent for Sumana and offered him a reward of eight elephants, eight
horses, eight male slaves, eight female slaves, eight maidens and eight
thousand in cash.

At the
Jetavana monastery, the Venerable Ananda asked the Buddha what benefits Sumana
would gain by his good deed done on that day. The Buddha answered that Sumana,
having given to the Buddha without any consideration for his life, would not be
born in any of the four lower worlds (Apaya) for the next one hundred
thousand worlds and that eventually he would become a paccekabuddha. After
that, as the Buddha entered the Perfumed Hall (Gandhakuti) the flowers
dropped off of their own accord.

night, at the end of the usual discourse, the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 68: That deed is
well done if one has not to repent for having done it, and if one is
delightful and happy with the result of that deed.

‘BJP, Cong not serious to bring back black money’

Unnao (UP): Accusing Congress and BJP of not
being serious in bringing back blackmoney stashed away in foreign banks, BSP
supremo Mayawati on Sunday said it appeared both parties had deposited in those
banks black money earned through corrupt means.

“Both BJP and Congress appear non-serious on the issue of bringing back
black money stashed in foreign banks. It seems they had deposited their
blackmoney earned through corruption in foreign countries,” the Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister said at an election meeting here.

Making an appeal to the electorate to vote for
the BSP, she said those playing with the sentiments of the people should not be
allowed to come to power.

“The opposition parties are misleading the people and wrong opinion polls
are showed against BSP,” she claimed cautioning the voters to remain aware
of such gimmicks.

Attacking Congress for
seeking votes to ensure development, she said the party which
“ruined” the state in its 40 years rule, should be ashamed of its

Claiming that her government had demanded Rs 80,000 crore for the state’s
development from the Centre, Mayawati said Rs 36,000 crore was meant to be
spent in eastern UP.

Congress was following “dynastic

Congress  responsible for plight of women in the whole

“Even though this country is
ruled by a Congress and BJP Prime Ministers, there is no one to hear the voice
of women, despite the fact that one of the PMs was a woman Prime Minister Mrs
Indira Gandhi ensuring participation of women right down to the grassroots
level, the Congress did not make it a point to give reservation to women in
panchayats, but that is not being implemented in the true spirit in this
country. In Uttar Pradesh district polling is due Feb 15 in the third phase of
the seven-phase assembly election.

Old women complained how their
agricultural lands were forcibly acquired for some builders. When the builder
demanded immediate vacation of the plot, the women complained to the local
police stations but to no avail.

Police not only refused to intervene
but even went to the extent of setting fire to the standing crop on the poor
women’s land all over the country.

All that the ruling caste has to do
is distribute land to the poor with water facilities like Ms Mayawati Chief
Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Congress and the BJP only made promises during
elections and disappear after they won. Whereas Ms Mayawati implements all
social reforms as laid in the Constitution which is BSPs manefesto.

“Ask Congress, BJP and SP
whether they cared to visit any village in the lastsixty
 five years, but youvraj goes Scheduled Caste
hutments during the election periods, which they had created for their vote
bank, they were busy making tall promises with out allowing the hut dwellers in
the home kitchens of Congress, BJP, SP leaders. One wondered why they had not
done so when in power.

Their development is in the area of 2G,
CWG,S-Band, Goa, Udupi Rave parties, watching pornography in the Sacred temple
of Vidhana Saudha etc.

Not a single person will stand by
them, because they have duped the people for the last 65 years.

Not doing anything to build the
future of the country’s youth.

Congress, BJP and SP were fuelling
corruption in the Centre and states ruled by them and pilfering funds given by
the people as tax to the central government for various development tasks.

 vote for BSP. Ms Mayawati  wanted a lot for these back ward
areas of UP. Her one hand was tied as UP did not have BSP
government in the Centre. To untie her
hand press the button for
elephant (BSP symbol). Thinking it is elephant symbol the EC
has draped it even though the draped elephants were not exactly the BSP symbol
with the trunks facing downwards.

is a
 need for BSP
government in UP and the Centre, Once UP has
developed except some Backward areas
because the Central government did not give Rs 80000 crores for development
, With UP government and the BSP government at
the centre the entire country would progress.


Pradesh polls 59 per cent votes in peaceful second phase

Second phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh

Nearly 59 per cent of the 1.92
crore voters on Saturday exercised their franchise for the 59 seats spread over
nine districts in the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The
polling was by and large peaceful, the election commission has stated.

fate of 1,098 candidates, including two state party chiefs, 31 MLAs and 24
former ministers, was sealed in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the
latest electoral exercise.

highest turnout was reported from the Kushinagar district (63 per cent),”
chief election officer of UP Umesh Sinha said.

Kushinagar was followed by
Azamgarh (56.65 per cent), Baliya (54 per cent), Azamgarh (60 per cent),
Ghazipur (61 per cent), Sant Kabirnagar (56 per cent), Gorakhpur (61 per cent),
Maharajganj (60 per cent) and Mau (59 per cent), he added.

is a record turnout in the Poorvanchal belt. We have recorded a rise of 36 per
cent in the turnout since 2007,” Sinha said.

would say that four (of the nine) districts have passed the democracy test with
first division (over 60 per cent voting). We would once again request the
public to come out to exercise their fundamental right in the remaining phases
of the election,” Sinha said.

were reports of the voters boycotting the election at Bheeta in Ballia district
and Hathiya in Azamgarh districts, besides minor complaints related to problems
with the EVMs. Minor skirmishes were reported in Mau and Azamgarh districts,
where the police had to resort to mild force for dispersing a rowdy crowd.

voting for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections is scheduled over seven phases,
having started on February 8 and set to conclude on March 3.

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