Selection three

Rare is the attainment of the human state,
Rare is mortal life,
Rare is the hearing of the true Dhamma,
Rare is the arising of Buddhas.

The non-doing of all evil,
The acquisition of skilfulness,
The purification of one’s own mind;
This is the teaching of the Buddhas.

Never, indeed, are hatreds
Pacified by hatred in this world.
They are pacified by love.
This is a timeless truth.

One should not associate with evil friends,
One should not associate with the low among men,
One should associate with spiritual friends,
One should associate with the noble among men.

All fear the rod; all fear death.
Having made comparison with oneself,
You should not kill or cause to kill.

All fear the rod; life is dear to all.
Having made comparison with oneself,
You should not kill or cause to kill.

Translated by Bodhipaksa

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