To Live within Dhamma and the correct side of Law – Ariya

Values Good or bad has no bearing on one’s creed

‘Na jatta vasalo hoti na jatta hoti btahmano
kammana vasalo hoti kammana hoti brahmano’
(vasala sutta)

1. Good values are the doings right, done for the right reason
Not a task to avoid a future blame nor to construe a gain
But to fix the course of the future, a worthy contribution
A selfless act made purely for benefit of a being or a nation

2. No person should ever be honoured for what he had amassed,

But for what he has given or left behind to improve the world

Good people just silently pass away, they do not perish or die

For good deeds done, their names, for a long time will survive

3. A child usually is born crying, the kinship invariably would cheer,

At his demise, not he, but kith & kin, would cry missing him for ever

If the life lived was generous and of value, no reason to be crying

For the positive difference he made the world should be rejoicing

4. People often awaits till the passing away of an individual to weep

Recollect acts of kindness received from him, now lying in the box

Loud praises nor lamentation unheard, he is now permanently deaf

What good is it for him, will soon be resting six feet deep, for ever

5. Value is in the deed and not in the owner nor in his creed or clan

One’s gains should be results of honest work, thorough and clean

Like wood apple fruits tusker eaten, inherited gains are hollow

Knowledge without character is ugly, tend to end up in sorrow

6. Pleasure without conscience, commerce without morality

Are not great but sins, akin to the science against humanity

It is a deception and not democracy, Politics without principle

A religion should have clarity not a mystery leading to turmoil

7. Our values we learn when young, from what we see and hear

Mainly from parents we watch and follow, the closest teachers dear

What is taught and learnt mostly during the formative year

Becomes basis of thoughts, speech and deeds, if evil, can be dear!

8. When faced with a situation unsure of the impending action

Which could lead to either wholesome or a grave repercussion

There is a simple test I use, learnt and practiced in childhood

Never failed easy to execute & is called (MAT) ‘My Amma, Test’

9. When a thought came to my mind before I speak or take action

Instantly, I used to check it in my mind, if mum would approve it,

If it belongs to a group, which would make mum unhappy or sad

I would abort that thought, so no unruly words nor unholy deeds

10. Now that I am matured enough to develop a rational state of mind

Can gauge my thoughts and would forerun the speech or deeds

I have a ‘stencil’ cut, with holes shaped Lobha, Dosa and Moha

Thoughts get examined, wrongs aborted and live in dhamma frame



2 thoughts on “To Live within Dhamma and the correct side of Law – Ariya

  1. Hey Ariya
    You inspire the RU 64 so much, I am speechless!!!
    Keep your good words/writings mostly quoting the scripture going



    • Dear Kotta,
      Many thanks for your very appreciative comments.
      Though I had fantastic examples of good people (like yourself ) in the batch RU64, I have realised the value of the saying ‘ Dhammo haverakkathi dhammachari’, only in my old age and am trying to double up the effort to catch up!
      With Metta


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