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Verse 379. He Who Guards Himself Lives Happily

By yourself exhort yourself!
By yourself restrain yourself!
So mindful and self-guarded too,
happily, bhikkhu, will you live.

Explanation: One’s own self must prod one’s self.
You must assess and examine yourself. O monk, this way, you must guard
yourself. Be perpetually mindful. This way, live in bliss.


Verse 380. Your Are Your Own Saviour

Oneself is refuge of oneself
and one is a haven for oneself,
therefore one should check oneself
as a merchant with a splendid horse.

Explanation: Your own self is your own refuge. You yourself
are your own guide. Therefore, exert discipline over yourself as a
merchant would cherish and retrain a noble horse.


Dhammapada Verses 379 and 380
Nangalakulatthera

Vatthu

Attana codayattanam
patimamsetha attana
so attagutto satima
sukham bhikkhu vihahisi.

Atta hi attano natho
(ko hi natho paro siya)
1
atta hi attano gati
tasma samyamamattanam
assam bhadramva vanijo.

Verse 379: O bhikkhu, by yourself exhort
yourself, and examine yourself; thus guarding yourself and being mindful, you
will live in peace.

Verse 380: One indeed is one’s own refuge,
(how could anyone else be one’s refuge?)1 One indeed is one’s own
heaven; therefore, look after yourself as a horse dealer looks after a
thoroughbred.


1. Not found in some foreign versions.


The Story of Thera Nangalakula

While residing at the Jetavana
monastery, the Buddha uttered Verses (379) and (380) of this book, with
reference to Thera Nangala.

Nangala was a poor field labourer
in the service of a farmer. One day, a bhikkhu, seeing him ploughing a field in
his old clothes, asked him if he would like to become a bhikkhu. When he replied
in the affirmative, the bhikkhu took him along to the monastery and made him a
bhikkhu. After the admission to the Order, as instructed by his teacher, he left
his plough and his old clothes in a tree not far away from the monastery.
Because the poor man had left his plough to join the Order, he was known as
Thera Nangala (nangala = plough). Due to better living conditions at
the monastery, Thera Nangala became healthier and soon put on weight. However,
after some time, he grew tired of the life of a bhikkhu and often felt like
returning to home-life. Whenever this feeling arose in him, he would go to the
tree near the monastery, the tree where he had left his plough and his old
clothes. There he would reproach himself saying, “O you shameless man! Do
you still want to put on these old rags and return to the hard, lowly life of a
hired labourer ?” After this, his dissatisfaction with the life of a
bhikkhu would disappear and he would go back to the monastery. Thus, he went to
the tree at an interval of every three or four days, to remind himself of the
wretchedness of his old life.

When other bhikkhus asked him
about his frequent visits to the tree, he replied, “I have to go to my
teacher.” In course of time, he attained arahatship and he stopped going to
the tree. Other bhikkhus, noticing this, asked him teasingly, “Why don’t
you go to your teacher now?” To those bhikkhus, he replied, “I used to
go to my teacher because I had need of him; but now, I have no need to go to
him.” The bhikkhus understood what he meant by his answer and they went to
the Buddha and reported, “Venerable Sir! Thera Nangala claims to have
attained arahatship. It cannot be true; he must be boasting, he must be telling
lies.” To them the Buddha said, “Bhikkhus! Do not say so; for
Nangala is not telling lies. My son Nangala, by reproaching himself and
correcting himself, has indeed attained arahatship.”

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as
follows:

Verse 379: O bhikkhu,
by yourself exhort yourself, and examine yourself; thus guarding
yourself and being mindful, you will live in peace.


Verse 380: One indeed
is one’s own refuge, (how could anyone else be one’s refuge?) One
indeed is one’s own heaven; therefore, look after yourself as a horse
dealer looks after a thoroughbred.



Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati


BSP gears up for Sankalp rally in Lucknow

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has made extensive arrangements for the
success of Mayawati’s Rashtriya Sankalp Maha Rally at Lucknow’s Ramabai
Ambedkar Ground on Tuesday.

Being organised on the occasion of
sixth death anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram, the rally would mark
the beginning of the party’s campaign for the Lok Sabha election.
However, Mayawati has said that she would make some important
announcements in the rally and also take a final decision in regard with
her party’s support to the Congress-led UPA in the Centre.  

“Her
speech will include BSP’s stand on the FDI in retail and other economic
reforms of the Congress-led UPA government. She can also spell out her
future ties with the Congress and announce her strategy to beat the
Samajwadi Party in 2014 elections for the 80 seats from the state. She
had started writing her speech two weeks ago,” a source at Mayawati’s
office told Mail Today.  

Earlier, Mayawati had said, “I will
make some announcements in the rally. Next day, on October 10, some very
crucial decisions would be taken in the national executive meeting of
the BSP. These will include our future national plan.”

Senior DCM of Northern Railways, Ashwini Srivastava said the BSP workers will start reaching Lucknow on Monday evening.

“Our
plan is to shift all important trains from the main platforms to ensure
smooth traffic. The trains in which the political workers would reach
here could be accommodated at Platform No. 1 to give them a safe
passage. The special trains will reach here from all over the state
including Ghaziabad, Muzaffranagar, Meerut, Agra, Saharanpur, Bijnore,
Garhmukteshwar, Mau, Deoria and Gorakhpur,” he said.

Huge gates
have been erected at more than 40 places in the state capital to welcome
the party workers. Huge hoardings and banners have also been put up
with life size photographs of Mayawati all over the city.

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