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Dhammapada: Verses and Stories

Dhammapada Verse 176 A Liar Can Commit Any Crime

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Verse
176. A Liar Can Commit Any Crime

For one who falsely speaks,
who disregards the Dhamma,
who other lives denies:
no evil this one will not do.

Explanation: The evil person who has given up the virtue of
truthfulness has abandoned all hope of the next world.

Dhammapada Verse 176
Cincamanavika Vatthu

Ekam dhammam
atitassa
musavadissa jantuno
vitinnaparalokassa

natthi papam akariyam.

Verse 176: For one who transgresses the Truth, and is given to
lying, and who is unconcerned with the life hereafter, there is no evil that he
dare not do.


The Story of Cincamanavika

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse
(176) of this book, with reference to Cincamanavika.

As the Buddha went on teaching the Dhamma, more and more people
came flocking to him, and the ascetics of other faiths found their following to
be dwindling. So they made a plan that would harm the reputation of the Buddha.
They called the very beautiful Cincamanavika, a devoted pupil of theirs, to
them and said to her, “If you have our interests in your heart, please
help us and put Samana Gotama to shame.” Cincamanavika agreed to comply.

That same evening, she took some flowers and went in the direction
of the Jetavana monastery. When people asked her where she was going, she replied,
“What is the use of you knowing where I am going?” Then she would go
to the place of other ascetics near the Jetavana monastery and would come back
early in the morning to make it appear as if she had spent the night at the
Jetavana monastery. When asked, she would reply, “I spent the night with
Samana Gotama at the Perfumed Chamber of the Jetavana monastery.” After
three or four months had passed, she wrapped up her stomach with some cloth to
make her look pregnant. Then, after eight or nine months, she wrapped up her
stomach with a round piece of thin wooden plank; she also beat up her palms and
feet to make them swollen, and pretended to be feeling tired and worn out.
Thus, she assumed a perfect picture of a woman in an advanced stage of pregnancy.
Then, in the evening, she went to the Jetavana monastery to confront the
Buddha.

The Buddha was then expounding the Dhamma to a congregation of
bhikkhus and laymen. Seeing him teaching on the platform, she accused the
Buddha thus: “O you big Samana! You only preach to others. I am now
pregnant by you, yet you do nothing for my confinement. You only know how to
enjoy your self!” The Buddha stopped preaching for a while and said to
her, “Sister, only you and I know whether you are speaking the truth or
not,”
and Cincamanavika replied, “Yes, you are right, how can
others know what only you and I know?”

At that instant, Sakka, king of the devas, became aware of the
trouble being brewed at the Jetavana monastery, so he sent four of his devas in
the form of young rats. The four rats got under the clothes of Cincamanavika
and bit off the strings that fastened the wooden plank round her stomach. As
the strings broke, the wooden plank dropped, cutting off the front part of her
feet. Thus, the deception of Cincamanavika was uncovered, and many from the
crowd cried out in anger, “Oh you wicked woman! A liar and a cheat! How
dare you accuse our noble Teacher!” Some of them spat on her and drove her
out. She ran as fast as she could, and when she had gone some distance the
earth cracked and fissured and she was swallowed up.

The next day, while the bhikkhus were talking about Cincamanavika,
the Buddha came to them and said. “Bhikkhu;, one who is not afraid to
tell lies, and who does not care what happens in the future existence, will not
hesitate to do any evil.”

Then the Buddha
spoke in verse as follows:


Verse 176: For one who transgresses the Truth, and is
given to lying, and who is unconcerned with the life hereafter, there is no
evil that he dare not do.

 

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