Precepts On Vigilance
Imam ca me atthi imam ca natthi, imam ca me
kiccam imam akiccam.
Tam evamevam lalappamanam, hara haranti tti kaham pamae? (160)
This is with me and this is not, this is done by me and this is not; even
while a man is fondling thus, he is removed away by death; how can one be
careless in this state? (160)
Sitanti suvantanam, attha purisana logasarattha.
Tamha jagaramana, vidhunadha poranayam kammam. (161)
He who sleeps, his many excellent things of this world are lost unknowingly.
Therefore, remain awake all the while and destroy the Karmas, accumulated in
the past. (161)
Jagariya dhamminam, ahamminam ca suttaya seya.
Vacchahivabhaginie, akahimsu jino jayanfie. (162)
It is better that the religious-minded should awake and the wicked should
sleep; this is what Jina said to Jayanti, the sister of the kings of Vatsadesa.
Suttesu yavi padibuddhajivi, na visase pandie
Ghora muhutta abalam sariram, bharanda pakkhi va care'ppamatto. (163)
A wise person of sharp intelligence should be awake, even amongst those who
sleep; he should not be complacent, because time is relentless and the body is
weak, (So) he should ever be vigilant like the fabutous bird, Bharanda. (163)
Pamayam kammamahamsu, appamayam taha'varam.
Tabbhavadesao vavi, balam pandiyameva va. (164)
Carelessness is the cause of Karma i.e. influx. Vigilance stops it. He who is
invigilant is ignorant, and he who is vigilant is wise. (164)
Na kammuna kamma khaventi vala, akammuna kamma khaventi dhira.
Medhavino lobhamaya vatita, samtosino na pakarenti pavam. (165)
The ignorant cannot destroy their Karmas by their actions while the wise can
do it by their inaction i.e. by controlling their activities because they are
free from greed and lustful passions and do not commit any sin as they remain
Savvao pamattassa bhayam, savvao appamattassa
natthi bhayam. (166)
There is fear from every direction for an invigilant person; while there is no
fear for a person who is vigilant. (166)
Na'lassena samam sukkham, na vijja saha niddaya.
Na veraggam mamattenam, narambhena dayaluya. (167)
An idle person can never be happy and sleepy person can never aquire
knowledge. A person with attachments cannot acquire renunciationa and he who
is violent cannot acquire compassion. (167)
Jagaraha nara! niccam, jagaramanassa vaddhate
Jo suvati na so dhanno, jo jaggati so saya dhanno. (168)
Oh: human beings; always be vigilant. He who is alert gains more and more
knowledge. He who is invigilant is not blessed. Ever blessed is he who is
Adane nikkheve, vosirane thanagamanasayanesu.
Savvattha appamatto, dayavaro hodu hu ahimsao. (169)
A compassionate person who is always cautious while lifting and putting a
thing, while urinating and excreting, and while sitting, moving and sleeping
is really a follower of non-violence. (169)