Speeding Arrow Rolling Death

“Faster than the speed of that man 1, monks, is the speed of the sun & moon. Faster than the speed of that man, faster than the speed of the sun & moon, is the speed of the devas who rush ahead of the sun & moon. Faster than the speed of that man, faster than the speed of the sun & moon, faster than the speed of the devas who rush ahead of the sun & moon, the force of one’s life span comes to an end. Thus you should train yourselves: ‘We will live heedfully.’ That’s how you should train yourselves.” – SN 20.6

“Yathā ca, bhikkhave, tassa purisassa javo, yathā ca can­dima­sūriyā­naṁ javo, tato sīghataro. Yathā ca, bhikkhave, tassa purisassa javo yathā ca can­dima­sūriyā­naṁ javo yathā ca yā devatā can­dima­sūriyā­naṁ purato dhāvanti tāsaṁ devatānaṁ javo, () tato sīghataraṁ āyusaṅkhārā khīyanti. Tasmātiha, bhikkhave, evaṁ sikkhitabbaṁ: ‘appamattā viharissāmā’ti. Evañhi vo, bhikkhave, sikkhitabban”ti.

ရဟန်းတို့ ထိုမြားဖမ်းသော ယောကျာ်း၏ လျင်မြန်ခြင်းထက် လနေတို့၏ လျင်မြန်ခြင်းက ပို၍ လျင်မြန်၏၊ လနေတို့၏ လျင်မြန်ခြင်းထက် လနေတို့၏ ရှေ့မှ ပြေးသွားသော နတ်တို့၏ လျင်မြန်ခြင်းက ပို၍ လျင်မြန်၏၊ ထိုနတ်တို့၏ လျင်မြန်ခြင်းထက် အလွန်လျင်မြန်စွာ အသက်တို့သည် ကုန်ဆုံးကြရကုန်၏၊ ရဟန်းတို့ ထို့ကြောင့် ဤသာသနာတော်၌ ငါတို့သည် “မမေ့မလျော့ကုန်သည် ဖြစ်၍ နေကုန်အံ့”ဟု ဤသို့လျှင် သင်တို့ ကျင့်ရမည်ဟု (ဟောတော်မူ၏)။

“Và như vậy, này các Tỷ-kheo, là sự nhanh nhẹn của người ấy. Và như vậy là sự nhanh nhẹn của mặt trăng, mặt trời, còn nhanh hơn sự nhanh nhẹn trước. Và như vậy, này các Tỷ-kheo là sự nhanh nhẹn của người ấy, và như vậy là sự nhanh nhẹn của mặt trăng, mặt trời, và như vậy là sự nhanh nhẹn của các chư Thiên chạy trước mặt trăng, mặt trời. Còn nhanh nhẹn hơn là sự biến diệt của thọ hành (thọ mạng của các sự vật). Do vậy, này các Tỷ-kheo, các Ông cần phải học tập như sau: “Chúng tôi sẽ sống không phóng dật”.

「比丘們!如那位男子的速度,日月的速度比之更快速。
比丘們!如那位男子的速度、如日月的速度、如跑在日月前面那些天神們的速度,壽行被耗盡比之更快速。比丘們!因此,你們應該這麼學:『我們要住於不放逸。』比丘們!你們應該這麼學。」

Baby bird ©Ashin Sopāka 2017

Notes:

  1. Catching flying arrows before they hit the ground

Fading, But How Fast?

“Friends, passion carries little blame and is slow to fade. Aversion carries great blame and is quick to fade. Delusion carries great blame and is slow to fade.” – AN 3.68

“Rāgo kho, āvuso, appasāvajjo dandhavirāgī, doso mahāsāvajjo khippavirāgī, moho mahāsāvajjo dandhavirāgī’ti.

“ငါ့သျှင်တို့ ရာဂသည် အပြစ်နည်း၏၊ ဖြည်းဖြည်း ကင်းပျောက်၏၊ ဒေါသသည် အပြစ်ကြီး၏၊ မြန်မြန် ကင်းပျောက်၏၊ မောဟသည် အပြစ်ကြီး၏၊ ဖြည်းဖြည်း ကင်းပျောက်၏။”

“Tham, thưa các Hiền giả, là tội nhỏ, nhưng ly tham là chậm chạp. Sân là tội lớn, nhưng ly sân là mau chóng. Si là tội lớn, và ly si là chậm chạp.”

『道友們!貪罪過少、褪去徐緩;瞋罪過大、褪去急速;癡罪過大、褪去徐緩。』

Praying Mantis ©Ashin Sopāka 2017

Head on Fire

“Just as one whose clothes or head had caught fire would put forth extraordinary desire, effort, zeal, enthusiasm, indefatigability, mindfulness, and clear comprehension to extinguish the fire on his clothes or head, so too that bhikkhu should put forth extraordinary desire, effort, zeal, enthusiasm, indefatigability, mindfulness, and clear comprehension to abandon those same bad unwholesome qualities.” – AN 10.51

“Seyyathāpi, bhikkhave, ādittacelo vā ādittasīso vā. Tasseva celassa vā sīsassa vā nibbāpanāya adhimattaṁ chandañca vāyāmañca ussāhañca ussoḷhiñca appaṭivāniñca satiñca sampajaññañca kareyya. Evamevaṁ kho tena, bhikkhave, bhikkhunā tesaṁyeva pāpakānaṁ akusalānaṁ dhammānaṁ pahānāya adhimatto chando ca vāyāmo ca ussāho ca ussoḷhī ca appaṭivānī ca sati ca sampajaññañca karaṇīyaṁ.”

“ရဟန်းတို့ ဥပမာသော်ကား အဝတ်မီးလောင်သူသည်လည်းကောင်း၊ ဦးခေါင်းမီးလောင်သူသည် လည်းကောင်း၊ ထိုအဝတ်, ဦးခေါင်းကိုသာလျှင် ငြိမ်းစေရန် လွန်ကဲသော အလိုလုံ့လ အားထုတ်မှု အလွန် အားထုတ်မှု မဆုတ်နစ်မှု အောက်မေ့မှု ‘သတိ’ ဆင်ခြင်ဉာဏ် ‘သမ္ပဇဉ်’ ကို ပြုရာ၏၊ ရဟန်းတို့ ဤအတူပင် ထိုရဟန်းသည် ထိုယုတ်ညံ့သော အကုသိုလ်တရားတို့ကိုသာလျှင် ပယ်ရန် လွန်ကဲသော အလို လုံ့လ အားထုတ်မှု အလွန် အားထုတ်မှု မဆုတ်နစ်မှု အောက်မေ့မှု ‘သတိ’ ဆင်ခြင်ဉာဏ် ‘သမ္ပဇဉ်’ ကို ပြုသင့်၏။”

“Ví như, này các Tỷ-kheo, khi khăn bị cháy, hay khi đầu bị cháy, cần phải quyết định, ước muốn, tinh tấn, nỗ lực, dõng mãnh, bất thối, chánh niệm, tỉnh giác để dập tắt khăn hay đầu bị cháy ấy. Cũng vậy này Tỷ kheo, Tỷ kheo ấy cần phải quyết định, ước muốn, tinh tấn, nỗ lực, dõng mãnh, bất thối, chánh niệm, tỉnh giác để đoạn tận các pháp bất thiện ấy.”

「比丘們!猶如衣服已被燒,或頭已被燒,就應該為那衣服或頭的熄滅作極度的意欲、精進、勇猛、努力、不畏縮、正念、正知。同樣的,比丘們!因為那樣,比丘應該為那些惡不善法的捨斷作極度的意欲、精進、勇猛、努力、不畏縮、正念、正知。」

Greater Coucal ©Ashin Sopāka 2017