Good and Evil - the Buddha

Giving time for acts of redemption, once all peaceful means exhausted, pursuing justice is right and justified. From good company comes joy, from evil company suffering.

The good or evil you do is what you get back (karma). No man can escape the consequences of his evil, hidden or in plain sight. Good builds. Evil destroys itself.

"Hate is not conquered by hate, hate is conquered by love. That is the law eternal. Many do not know we are here in this world to live in harmony. Those who know this, do not fight against each other." The Buddha.


Make haste and do what is good; keep your mind away from evil.

If a man is slow in doing good, his mind finds pleasure in evil.

If a man does something wrong, let him not do it again and again.

Let him not find pleasure in his sin.

Painful is the accumulation of wrongdoings.

If a man does something good, let him do it again and again.

Let him find joy in his good work.

Joyful is the accumulation of good work.

A man may find pleasure in evil as long as his evil has not given fruit.

But when the fruit of evil comes, then that man finds evil indeed.

A man may find pain in doing good as long as his good has not given fruit.

But when the fruit of good comes, then that man finds good indeed.

Hold not a sin of little worth, thinking "This is little to me."

The falling of drops of water will in time fill a water jar.

Even so the foolish man becomes full of evil, although he gather it little by little.

Hold not a deed of little worth, thinking "This is little to me."

The falling of drops of water will in time fill a water jar.

Even so the wise man becomes full of good, although he gather it little by little.

Let a man avoid the dangers of evil even as a merchant carrying much wealth, but with a small escort, avoids the dangers of the road, or as a man who loves his life avoids the drinking of poison.

As a man who has no wound on his hand cannot be hurt by the poison he may carry in his hand, since poison hurts not where there is no wound, the man who has no evil cannot be hurt by evil.

The fool who does evil to a man who is good, to a man who is pure and free from sin, the evil returns to him like the dust thrown against the wind.

Some people are born on this Earth.

Those who do evil are reborn in hell.

The righteous go to heaven; but those who are pure reach Nirvana.

Neither in the sky, nor deep in the ocean, nor in a mountain cave, nor anywhere, can a man be free from the evil he has done.

Neither in the sky, nor deep in the ocean, nor in a mountain cave, nor anywhere, can a man be free from the power of death.


Chapter 9 of The Dhammapada (the Buddha's discourses).