The Buddha's Words Everyday

25Jul

In the southern districts, they have an ablution ceremony. At that time, there is much food and drink, edibles both hard and soft, syrups and drinks, much singing, dancing and music. This ceremony is a washing, but it is not a washing away. It is low, common vulgar and ignoble. It does not conduce to good, to turning away, to fading, to calming, to higher knowledge, or to Nirvana. So I will teach you a washing that does conduce to good, to turning away, to fading, to calming, to higher knowledge and to Nirvana, a washing that frees beings liable to rebirth, decay, death, sorrow, suffering, lamentation, woe, and dejection from such things.
And what is that washing? For one who has Perfect Understanding, Perfect Thought, Perfect Speech, Perfect Action, Perfect Livelihood, Perfect Effort, Perfect Mindfulness, Perfect Concentration and Perfect Knowledge and Freedom. For the person who practices these things wrong understanding, wrong thought, wrong speech and so on are washed away. And those evil unskilled states that arise due to them are washed away. Those good and skillful states that arise due to Perfect Understanding, Perfect Thought, Perfect Speech, Perfect Action, Perfect Livelihood, Perfect Effort, Perfect Mindfulness and Perfect Concentration - those states come to maturity.

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