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Mind

Yamaka Vagga
The Twin Verses
(Text and Translation by Ven. Narada)

EVIL BEGETS EVIL

1. “Manopubbangama dhamma
manosettha manomaya
Manasa ce padutthena
bhasati va karoti va
Tato nam dukkhamanveti
cakkam’va vahato padam.”

– The Buddha.
1. Mind is the forerunner of (all evil) states. Mind is chief; mind-made are they. If one speaks or acts with wicked mind, because of that, suffering follows one, even as the wheel follows the hoof of the draught-ox.

GOOD BEGETS GOOD

2. “Manopubbangama dhamma
manosettha manomaya
Manasa ce pasannena
bhasati va karoti va
Tato nam sukhamanveti
chaya’va anapayini.”

– The Buddha
2. Mind is the forerunner of (all good) states. Mind is chief; mind-made are they. If one speaks or acts with pure mind, because of that, happiness follows one, even as one’s shadow that never leaves.

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