1. He who says what is not, goes to hell; he also who, having done a
thing, says I have not done it. After death both are equal, they are
men with evil deeds in the next world.
2. Many men whose shoulders are covered with the yellow gown are
ill-conditioned and unrestrained; such evil-doers by their evil deeds
go to hell.
3. Better it would be to swallow a heated iron ball, like flaring
fire, than that a bad unrestrained fellow should live on the charity
of the land.
4. Four things does a wreckless man gain who covets his neighbour's
wife,--a bad reputation, an uncomfortable bed, thirdly, punishment,
and lastly, hell.
5. There is bad reputation, and the evil way (to hell), there is the
short pleasure of the frightened in the arms of the frightened, and
the king imposes heavy punishment; therefore let no man think of his
6. As a grass-blade, if badly grasped, cuts the arm, badly-practised
asceticism leads to hell.
7. An act carelessly performed, a broken vow, and hesitating
obedience to discipline, all this brings no great reward.
8. If anything is to be done, let a man do it, let him attack it
vigorously! A careless pilgrim only scatters the dust of his passions
9. An evil deed is better left undone, for a man repents of it
afterwards; a good deed is better done, for having done it, one does
10. Like a well-guarded frontier fort, with defences within and
without, so let a man guard himself. Not a moment should escape, for
they who allow the right moment to pass, suffer pain when they are in
11. They who are ashamed of what they ought not to be ashamed of, and
are not ashamed of what they ought to be ashamed of, such men,
embracing false doctrines enter the evil path.
12. They who fear when they ought not to fear, and fear not when they
ought to fear, such men, embracing false doctrines, enter the evil
13. They who forbid when there is nothing to be forbidden, and forbid
not when there is something to be forbidden, such men, embracing false
doctrines, enter the evil path.
14. They who know what is forbidden as forbidden, and what is not
forbidden as not forbidden, such men, embracing the true doctrine,
enter the good path.