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Dhammapada or way of Righteousness, is the name of one of the canonical books of the Buddhist sacred scripture. It is written in the Pali language. It consists of 423 stanzas. These are reputed to be the very words of Buddha.

The Dhammapada commentary (in Pali Dhammapad-Attha-katha) is ascribed to Buddhaghosa. The greatest of all the Buddhist scholastics. This aspiration is without due warrant, as appears from translator's Introduction. The commentary purports to tell us "where, when, why, for what purpose, with reference to what situation, with reference to what person or persons," Buddha uttered each one of these stanzas. In so doing, the author of the commentary narrates 299 legends or stories. These stories are the preponderating element of the commentary, and it are these which are here translated.

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He whose heart is unwetted by the rain of lust,
He whose heart is unsigned by the fire of ill-will,
He who has renounced both good and evil,
He who is vigilant, such a man has nothing to fear.

Some are reborn on earth, evil-doers go to hell,
The righteous go to heaven, Arahats pass to Nibbana.

By self alone is evil done, by self alone does one suffer,
By self alone is evil left undone, by self alone does one obtain Salvation.
Salvation and Perdition depend upon self; no man can save another.

The shunning of all evil, the doing of good,
the cleansing of the heart: this is the Religion of the Buddhas.

One should overcome anger with kindness;
One should overcome evil with good;
One should overcome the niggard with gifts,
And the speaker of falsehood with truth.

 

Contents
  Five stanzas translated from the Dhamma-pada ix
  Photogravure of a Cingalese palm-leaf manuscript Mounted on a guard between pages x and xi  
  Facsimile of a page of Pali text in Burmese letters xii
  Facsimile of a page of Pali text in Cingalese letters xiii
  Prefatory note xv
  Note for Librarians and Cataloguers xvii
 
INTRODUCTION
 
1. Legendary life of the Buddha  
  a. Birth amid rejoicing of angels 1
  b. The Buddhist Simeon 2
  c. Youth and marriage 2
  d. Resolve to seek after Nibbana 2
  e. The Great Retirement 3
  f. The Great Struggle 3
  g. The Enlightenment 4
  h. Ministry and death 6
  i. Buddhist-Christian parallels 9
2. Teachings of the Buddha  
  a. The Beginningless Round of Existences 14
  b. The motive of the Religious Life 15
  c. Impermanence, Suffering, Unreality 15
  d. The four Noble Truths regarding Suffering 16
  e. The Noble Eightfold Path to Nibbana 17
3. Practice of Meditation 19
4. Dhammapada: its place in the Buddhist Canon 25
5. Dhammapada Commentary: general character and structure of parts 26
6. Subject-matter and motifs of the stories  
  a. Karma and Rebirth 29
  b. Other motifs 34
  c. Humorous stories 36
  d. Animal stories 42
  e. Legends of the Saints 43
  f. Stories of seven-year-old novices 44
  g. Stories of good and evil spirits 44
7. Literary relation of the Dhammapada Commentary: its relation to  
  a. The Four Agamas 45
  b. The Vinaya 46
  c. The Udana 47
  d. Buddhaghosa's Works 48
  e. The Jataka Book 52
  f. Dhammapala's Commentaries 56
8. Date of the Dhammapada Commentary 57
9. Authorship of this Commentary unknown; not by Buddhaghosa 59
10. References to stories of this Commentary in Milindapanha 60
11. Parallels to Story-cycle of Udena 62
12. Parallels to Dhammapada Commentary stories in Sanskrit and Tibetan 63
13. Hardy's Legends of Gotama Buddha (Cingalese) 64
14. Rogers's Buddhaghosha's Parables (Burmese) 65
15. Previous translations o Dhammapada and of parts of Commentary 66
16. Editions of the text of the Dhammapada Commentary 67
17. Brief list of books on the life and teachings of the Buddha 68
 
SYNOPSES OF THE LEGENDS OR STORIES
 
  The synopses occupy pages 71 to 141 of Volume 28  
  A detailed Table of Contents of this portion of the work is uncalled for  
  The page at which the synopsis of any given story begins is given below, with a capital letter S and in parentheses  
 
TRANSLATION OF THE LEGENDS OR STORIES
 
  The Table of Contents of this portion of the work may advantageously be made to serve also as a finding-index:  
1. For the place of the Synopsis of a given story (see above);  
2. For the Dhammapada-Stanza [numbers in brackets] to which the story relates;  
3. For the place of the text of the story in Norman's edition (N); and  
4. For the same in the Rangoon or Burmese or Burmese edition (B); and  
5. For the same in the Colombo or Cingalese edition (C). - Accordingly,  
  For each Story, there is given, in each odd line,  
1. The number of the Story in the Book,  
2. An English title,  
3. The page (in parentheses and with an S prefixed) of the Synopsis, and  
4. The page at which the Translation begins. - And  
  For each Story, there is given, in each even line,  
1. Its Pali title  
2. The number [in brackets] of the stanza to which the Story relates,  
2a. As counted from the beginning of the Book concerned, and  
2b. As counted from the beginning of the Dhammapada (so Fausboll),  
3. The volume and page (with N prefixed) of the Pali text in Norman's edition,  
4. The page (with B prefixed) of the Pali text in the Burmese edition, and  
5. The page (with C prefixed) of the Pali text in the Cingalese edition.  
 
Book I. Pairs, Yamaka Vagga. Volume 28
 
1. "If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out" 146
I a. Story of the Past: The wicked physician and the woman 158
2. Why cry for the moon? 159
3. Tissa the Fat 166
3 a. Story of the Past: Devala and Narada 167
4. "Not hatred for hatred" 170
5. The quarrelsome monks of Kosambi 175
5 a. Quarrel among the monks 176
5 b. The Buddha, the elephant, and the monkey 179
6. Kaja junior and Kala senior 184
7. Devadatta wears an unbecoming robe 189
7 a. Story of the Past: The elephant-hunter and the noble elephant 191
8. The Chief Disciples 193
8 a. Life of the Buddha 193
8 b. Life of Upatissa (Sariputta) and Kolita (Moggallana) 198
8 c. Story of the Past: Kala junior and Kala senior 204
8 d. Story of the Past: Yasa and fifty-four companions 205
8 e. Story of the Past: Thirty noble youths 206
8 f. Story of the Past: Three brothers Kassapa 206
8 g. Story of the Past: Sarada and Sirivaddha 210
9. Nanda the Elder 217
9 a. Nanda becomes a monk in spite of himself 217
9 b. Nanda and the celestial nymphs 220
9 c. Story of the Past: Kappata and the donkey 224
10. Cunda the pork-butcher 225
11. The righteous lay brother 228
12. Devadatta's career 230
13. Lady Sumana 242
14. Two brethren 244
 
Book II. Heedfulness, Appamada Vagga. Volume 28
 
1. Story-cycle of King Udena or Udayana 247
  Part 1.Birth and youthful career of Udena 247
  Part 2. Birth and youthful career of Ghosaka 252
  Story of the Past: Kotuhalaka casts away his son 252
  Story of the Present: Ghosaka is cast away seven times 256
  Part 3. Birth and youthful career of Samavati 266
  Part 4. Winning of Vasuladatta by Udena 270
  Part 5. Rejection of Magandiya by the Buddha 274
  Part 6. Death of Samavati and Magandiya, and explanation 277
  Treasurers, monks, and tree-spirit and Story of the Past 277
  Conversion of Samavati by Khujjutara 281
  Magandiya's plot against Samavati and the Buddha 282
  Burning of Samavati and punishment of Magandiya 288
  Story of the Past: Samavati's former deed 290
  Story of the Past: Khujjuttara's former deeds 292
2. The voice of a rich man 293
3. Little Wayman 299
3 a. Birth of Little Wayman 299
3 b. Little Wayman as a monk 301
4. Simpletons' Holiday 310
5. Kassapa the Great 311
6. Two brethren 312
7. How Magha became Sakka 313
7 a. Story of the present: Mahali's question 313
7 b. Story of the Past: How Magha became Sakka 315
8. A monk attains Arahatship 325
9. Tissa of the Market-town 326
9 a. Story of the Past: Sakka and the parrot 327
 
Book III. Thoughts, Citta Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. Elder Meghiya 1
2. The mind-reader 1
3. A discontented monk 8
4. Nephew Sangharakkita 10
5. Elder Thought-controlled 12
5 a. Story of the Past: Kuddala and his spade 15
6. Monks and tree-spirits 17
7. Cruelty a cause of boils 20
7 a. Story of the Past: The cruel fowler 21
8. Nanda the herdsman 22
9. Mother of two and father of two 23
 
Book IV. Flowers, Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. The soil of the heart 29
2. A monk attains Arahatship 29
3. Vidudabha wreaks vengeance on the Sakiyas 30
3 a. Story of the Past: Kesava, Kappa, Narada, King of Benares 34
4 Husband-honorer 46
5. Niggardly Kosiya 49
6. Pathika the Naked Ascetic 54
7. The king and the King of Kings 56
8. Marriage of Visakha 59
8 a. Story of the Past: Visakha's Earnest Wish 82
9. Elder Ananda's question 84
10. Sakka gives alms to Kassapa the Great 86
11. Godhika attains Nibbana 90
12. Sirigutta and Garahadinna 92
 
Book V. The Simpleton, Bala Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. The king and the poor man with a beautiful wife 100
1 a. Story of the Past: The Hell Pot 106
1 b. Story of the Past: The King of Benares and Queen Dinna 108
1 c. Story of the Past: The woman who killed a ewe 110
2. The rebellious pupil 111
2 a. Story of the Past: The monkey and the singila bird 114
3 A Jonah in the house 115
3 a. The niggardly treasurer 115
3 b. Sequel: A Jonah in the house 115
4. The pickpocket 117
5. The wise fool 117
6. From vice to virtue 118
7. A leper is tempted to deny his faith 119
7 a. Story of the Past: The four youths and the courtezan 120
7 b. Story of the Past: The insolent youth 120
8. A farmer is unjustly accused of theft 121
9. Sumana the gardener 123
10. Rape of Uppalavanna 127
11. Jambuka the Naked Ascetic 130
11 a. Story of the Past: The jealous monk 130
11 b. Story of the Present: Jambuka the Naked Ascetic 132
12. The snake-ghost and the crow-ghost 137
12 a. Story of the Past: The crow-ghost 138
12 b. Story of the Past: The snake-ghost 139
13. The sledge-hammer ghost 140
13 a. Story of the Past: The stone-thrower and his pupil 141
14. Citta and Sudhamma 144
14 a. Story of the Past: Citta's deed in a former birth 149
15 A seven-year-old novice wins all hearts 150
15 a. Story of the Past: The poor Brahman 150
15 b. Story of the Present: The novice Tissa 151
 
Book VI. The Wise Man, Pandita Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. A poor man wins spiritual treasure 163
1 a. Story of the Past: The grateful elephant 164
2. The insolent monks 165
3. The insolent monk 166
4. Kappina the Great, Elder 167
4 a. Story of the Past: Weavers and householders 167
4 b. Story of the Present: King Kappina and Queen Anoja 169
5. Pandita the novice 176
5 a. Story of the Past: Sakka and the poor man 176
5 b. Story of the Present: Pandita, the seven-year-old novice 184
6. Unshaken as a rock 189
7. After the storm, calm 190
8. A pack of vagabonds 193
9. Husband and wife 194
10. "Few there be that find it" 195
11. Abandon the dark state 196
 
Book VII. The Arahat, Arahanta Vagga. Volume 29.
 
1. The Tathagata suffers not 197
2. Free from attachment 198
3. A monk stores food 200
4. The monk and the goddess 201
5. Sakka honors a monk 202
6. A fancied slight 203
7. The loss of an eye 205
8. Not by the faith of another 208
9. Elder Revata of the acacia forest 209
9 a. Revata becomes a monk 209
9 b. The Buddha visits Revata 209
9 c. Story of the Past: The offering of honey and the siege of a city 214
10. A courtezan tempts a monk 217
 
Book VIII. Thousands, Sahassa Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. A public executioner 218
2. conversion of Bahiya Daruciriya 222
2 a. Digression: Story of the Past 222
3. the maiden who married a thief 227
4. Gain and loss 232
5. Sariputta's uncle 233
6. Sariputta's nephew 234
7. Sariputta's friend 235
8. The lad whose years increased 235
9. Samkicca the novice 238
9 a. Digression: How Samkicca got his name 238
9 b. Sequel: The novice Atimuttaka 245
10. The monk and the thieves 246
11. On the razor's edge 247
11 a. Story of the Past: Discontented and covetous 249
12. Patacara is benefit of all her family 250
13. Kisa Gotami seeks mustard seed to cure her dead child 257
13 a. Kisa Gotami marries the son of a rich merchant 257
13 b. Kisa Gotami seeks mustard seed to cure her dead child 258
14 The widow Bahuputtika and her ungrateful children 260
 
Book IX. Evil, Papa Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. The Brahman with a single robe 262
2. A discontented monk 264
3. Goddess and monk 265
4. Anathapindika and the goddess 268
5. The monk who failed to keep his requisites in order 271
6. Treasurer Catfoot 272
7. Merchant Great-Wealth 274
8. The enchanted hunter 276
8 a. Story of the Past: The city treasurer and the country treasurer 280
9. The hunter who was devoured by his own dogs 282
9 a. Story of the Past: Wicked physician, boys, and poisonous snake 283
10. The jeweler, the monk, and the heron 284
11. Three parties of monks 286
11 a. Story of the Present: Crow burned 286
11 b. Story of the Present: Woman cast overboard 287
11 c. Story of the Present: Monks imprisoned 288
11 d. Story of the Past: Ox burned 289
11e. Story of the Past: Dog drowned 289
11 f. Story of the Past: Lizard imprisoned 290
12. Suppabuddha insults the Teacher 291
 
Book X. The Rod or Punishment, Danda Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. The Band of Six 294
2. The Band of Six 294
3. A company of boys 295
4. The monk and the phantom 296
4 a. Story of the Past: The goddess who took the form of a woman 296
5. Visakha and her companions keep Fast-day 300
6. The boa-constrictor ghost 300
6 a. Story of the Past: The treasurer Sumangala and the thief 301
7. Death of Moggallana the Great 304
7 a. Story of the Past: The son who killed his parents 306
8. The monk of many possessions 308
8 a. Story of the Past: Prince Mahimsasa, Princes Moon and Sun 309
9. Santati the king's minister 312
9 a. Story of the Past: the preacher of the Law and the king 314
10. The monk and the ragged garment 316
11. Sukha the novice 318
11 a. Story of the Past: The treasurer Gandha, the laborer Bhattabhatika, and the Private Buddha 318
11 b. Story of the Present: Sukha the novice 324
 
Book XI. Old Age, Jara Vagga Volume 29
 
1. Visakha's companions intoxicate themselves 328
2. The Teacher cures a monk of love 330
3. the aged nun 334
4. A company of over-confident monks 335
5. The nun and the phantom 336
6. Queen Mallika and her dog 340
7. The monk who always said the wrong thing 343
7 a. Story of the Past: Aggidatta, Somadatta, and the king 343
8. Elder Ananda's Stanzas 345
9. Great-Wealth, the treasurer's son 346
 
Book XII. Self, Atta Vagga Volume 29
 
1. Prince Bodhi and the magic bird 349
1 a. The prince, the builder, and the magic bird 349
1 b. The prince entertains the Buddha 350
1 c. Story of the Past: The man who ate bird's eggs 351
2. The greedy monk 352
2 a. Story of the Past: the others and the jackal 353
3. "Be ye doers of the word" 354
4. "And hate not his father and mother 356
4 a. Birth of Kumara Kassapa 356
4 b. "And hate not his father and mother" 358
5. Killing of Maha Kala 359
6. Devadatta seeks to slay the Tathagata 362
7. Devadatta seeks to cause a schism in the Order 363
8. The jealous monk 363
9. Courtezans save a layman's life 365
10. By righteousness men honor the Buddha 366
 
Book XIII. The World, Loka Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. A young girl jests with a young monk 1
2. The Buddha visits Kapila 2
3. Five hundred monks attain Insight 4
4. Prince Abhaya loses his nautch-girl 4
5. the monk with a broom 5
6. Conversion of the robber Finger-garland 6
7. The weaver's daughter 14
8. Thirty monks 18
9. Cinca falsely accuses the Buddha 19
9 a. Story of the Past: The lewd woman and the virtuous youth 22
10. Gifts beyond Compare 24
11. Virtue bought and paid for 28
 
Book XIV. The Enlightened, Buddha Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. The Buddha has naught to do with women 31
1 a. the Buddha spurns the maiden Magandiya 31
1 b. The Buddha spurns the Daughters of Mara 33
2. The Twin Meracle 35
2 a. Pindola Bharadvaja performs a miracle 35
2 b. The Buddha promises to perform a miracle 38
2 c. Preliminary miracles 41
2 d. The Buddha performs the Twin Miracle 45
2 e. The Ascent of the Buddha to the World of the Thirty-three 47
2 f. The Descent of the Buddha and attendant deities 52
3. The king of the dragons and his daughter 56
4. How did the Seven Buddhas keep Fast-day? 60
5. The Buddha cures a monk of discontent 81
6. The monk and the dragon 63
7. Whence come men of noble birth? 67
8. What is the pleasantest thing in the world? 67
9. Honor to whom honor is due 68
 
Book XV. Happiness, Sukha Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. A quarrel among brethren 70
2. Mara possesses villagers 72
3. Defeat of the King of Kosala 73
4. "Look not on a woman to lust after her" 73
5. The Buddha feeds the hungry 74
6. On moderation in eating 76
7. By righteousness men honor the Buddha 78
8. Sakka ministers to the Buddha 79
 
Book XVI. Objects of Affection, Piya Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. Mother and father and son 81
2. The Buddha comforts the affilicted 83
3. The Buddha comforts the afflicted 84
4. The Licchavi princes and the courtezan 85
5. The golden maiden 86
6. Set not your heart on worldly possessions 88
7. Kassapa wins a basket of cakes 90
8. The Elder who had attained the Fruit of the Third Path 91
9. Nandiya attains heavenly glory 92
 
Book XVII. Anger, Kodha Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. How anger marred a maiden's looks 95
1 a. The maiden with blotches on her face 95
1 b. Story of the Past: The jealous queen and the nautch-girl 96
1 c. Sequel: The celestial nymph 97
2. The tree-spirit and the monk 98
3. The poor man and his daughter 99
3 a. Punna acquires merit 99
3 b. Uttara and Sirima 103
4. Do trifling acts of merit lead to heaven? 107
5. A Brahman greets the Buddha as his son 108
6. It is the giver that makes the gift 111
7. Nothing, too much, and too little 113
8. The Band of Six 115
 
Book XVIII. Blemishes, Mala Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. The cow-killer and his son 116
2. Little by little 119
3. The Louse that would have his own 120
4. Pride goeth before a fall 122
5. The wickedness of women 124
6. Courtesy and rudeness 124
7. All of the precepts are hard to keep 125
8. The fault-finding novice 126
9. The inattentive laymen 127
10. Treasurer Ram 130
10 a. Frame-story begun: The Buddha visits Treasurer Ram 130
10 b. How did Treasurer Ram get his name? 130
10 c. Story of the Past: How he came to possess golden rams 130
10 d. Story of the Past: How he and his family gained magical power 132
10 e. Treasurer Ram and his family exhibit their magical power 136
10 f. Frame-story concluded: Treasurer Ram goes to meet the Buddha 137
11. The fault-finding monk 138
12. Is there a path through the air? 139
 
Book XIX. The Righteous, Dhammattha Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. The unjust judges 140
2. The Band of Six 140
3. Not therefore is a man praised for his much speaking 141
4. Can a young monk be an "Elder"? 142
5. What is an accomplished gentleman? 143
6. It is not tonsure that makes the monk 144
7. What is it that makes the monk? 145
8. It is not silence that makes the sage 145
9. Noble is as noble does 146
10. Be not puffed up 147
 
Book XX. The Path, Magga Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. The Eightfold Path is the best of paths 149
2. Impermanence 150
3. Suffering 150
4. Unreality 151
5. Do not postpone until to-morrow 151
6. The pig-ghost 153
6 a. Story of the Past: The destroyer of friendships 154
7. Pothila the Empty-head 157
8. The old monks and the old woman 159
8 a. Story of the Past: Kaka Jataka 160
9. "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth" 161
10. Thou shalt surely die 164
11. The bereaved mother and the pinch of mustard seed 165
12. The women who was bereft of all her family 166
 
Book XXI. Miscellaneous, Pakinnaka Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. The Ascent of the Ganges 168
1 a. Story of the Past: The Brahman Samkha 174
2. "Not hatred for hatred" 176
3. The monks who were given to vanities 178
4. The monk who had killed his mother and father 178
5. The youth and the demons 179
6. The Vajjian prince who became a monk 182
7. Citta the faithful layman 183
8. Culla Subhadda the virtuous 184
9. The solitary monk 187
 
Book XXII. Hell, Niraya Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. Murder of Sundari 189
2. The skeleton-ghost 191
3. Magic for meat 192
4. The man whom women loved 193
4 a. Story of the Past: Khema's Earnest Wish 193
5. The presumptuous monk 194
6. The jealous woman 194
7. Fortify yourself like a city 195
8. Degrees of nakedness 196
9. Children visit the Buddha 197
 
Book XXIII. The Elephant, Naga Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. The sectaries insult the Buddha 199
2. The monk who had been an elephant-trainer 200
3. The old Brahman and his sons 201
3 a. Story of the Past: Matuposaka Nagaraja Jataka 204
4. On moderation in eating 206
5. The novice and the ogress 207
6. An elephant sticks fast in the mud 211
7. An elephant waits upon the Buddha 211
8. Mara tempts the Buddha 213
 
Book XXIV. Thirst or Craving, Tanha Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. Redfish 215
1 a. Story of the Past: The insolent monk. The bandits 215
1 b. Story of the Present: Fisherman, and the fish with stinking breath 217
2. The young sow 219
3. The renegade monk 221
4. The prison-house 233
4 a. Story of the Past: Husband and wife 223
5. Beauty is but skin-deep 225
6. The youth who married a female acrobat 226
6 a. Story of the Past: A joke in earnest 230
7. Young Archer the Wise 231
7 a. Story of the Past: Young Archer the Wise 232
8. Mara seeks in vain to frighten Rahula 234
9. The skeptical ascetic 235
10. The Summum Bonum 236
11. Treasurer Childless 239
11 a. Story of the Past: the niggardly treasurer 240
12. The greater and the lesser gift 242
 
Book XXV. The Monk, Bhikkhu Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. Guard the doors of the senses 343
1 a. Story of the Past: Takkasila Jataka 243
2. The goose-killing monk 244
2 a. Story of the Past: Kurudhamma Jataka 245
3. The monk who failed to hold his tongue 247
3 a. Story of the Past: The talkative tortoise, Bahubhani (Kacchapa) Jataka 248
4. By righteousness men honor the Buddha 249
5. The traitor monk 250
5 a. Story of the Past: Elephant Damsel-face, Mahilamukha Jataka 251
6. The Brahman who gave the gifts of first-fruits 252
7. The conversion of a pack of thieves 254
8. "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth" 259
9. The monk whose mother was a lioness 259
10. The monk and the ragged garment 260
11. "Whosoever beholds the Law, he beholds me" 262
12. The novice and the dragon 264
12 a. Story of the Past: Poor man Annabhara and rich man Sumana 264
12 b. Story of the Present: Anuruddha retires from the world 267
12 c. Story of the Present: The novice Sumana and the dragon 270
 
Book XXVI. The Brahman, Brahmana Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. Brahman Great-Joy 276
2. What are the :Two States"? 277
3. What is the "Far Shore"? 277
4. What is a Brahman? 277
5. The Buddhas shine both day and night 278
6. What is a monk? 279
7. The patient subdues the violent 279
8. Maha Pajapati Gotami receives the Precepts 281
9. reverence to whom reverence is due 282

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Dhammapada or way of Righteousness, is the name of one of the canonical books of the Buddhist sacred scripture. It is written in the Pali language. It consists of 423 stanzas. These are reputed to be the very words of Buddha.

The Dhammapada commentary (in Pali Dhammapad-Attha-katha) is ascribed to Buddhaghosa. The greatest of all the Buddhist scholastics. This aspiration is without due warrant, as appears from translator's Introduction. The commentary purports to tell us "where, when, why, for what purpose, with reference to what situation, with reference to what person or persons," Buddha uttered each one of these stanzas. In so doing, the author of the commentary narrates 299 legends or stories. These stories are the preponderating element of the commentary, and it are these which are here translated.

From the Book

 

He whose heart is unwetted by the rain of lust,
He whose heart is unsigned by the fire of ill-will,
He who has renounced both good and evil,
He who is vigilant, such a man has nothing to fear.

Some are reborn on earth, evil-doers go to hell,
The righteous go to heaven, Arahats pass to Nibbana.

By self alone is evil done, by self alone does one suffer,
By self alone is evil left undone, by self alone does one obtain Salvation.
Salvation and Perdition depend upon self; no man can save another.

The shunning of all evil, the doing of good,
the cleansing of the heart: this is the Religion of the Buddhas.

One should overcome anger with kindness;
One should overcome evil with good;
One should overcome the niggard with gifts,
And the speaker of falsehood with truth.

 

Contents
  Five stanzas translated from the Dhamma-pada ix
  Photogravure of a Cingalese palm-leaf manuscript Mounted on a guard between pages x and xi  
  Facsimile of a page of Pali text in Burmese letters xii
  Facsimile of a page of Pali text in Cingalese letters xiii
  Prefatory note xv
  Note for Librarians and Cataloguers xvii
 
INTRODUCTION
 
1. Legendary life of the Buddha  
  a. Birth amid rejoicing of angels 1
  b. The Buddhist Simeon 2
  c. Youth and marriage 2
  d. Resolve to seek after Nibbana 2
  e. The Great Retirement 3
  f. The Great Struggle 3
  g. The Enlightenment 4
  h. Ministry and death 6
  i. Buddhist-Christian parallels 9
2. Teachings of the Buddha  
  a. The Beginningless Round of Existences 14
  b. The motive of the Religious Life 15
  c. Impermanence, Suffering, Unreality 15
  d. The four Noble Truths regarding Suffering 16
  e. The Noble Eightfold Path to Nibbana 17
3. Practice of Meditation 19
4. Dhammapada: its place in the Buddhist Canon 25
5. Dhammapada Commentary: general character and structure of parts 26
6. Subject-matter and motifs of the stories  
  a. Karma and Rebirth 29
  b. Other motifs 34
  c. Humorous stories 36
  d. Animal stories 42
  e. Legends of the Saints 43
  f. Stories of seven-year-old novices 44
  g. Stories of good and evil spirits 44
7. Literary relation of the Dhammapada Commentary: its relation to  
  a. The Four Agamas 45
  b. The Vinaya 46
  c. The Udana 47
  d. Buddhaghosa's Works 48
  e. The Jataka Book 52
  f. Dhammapala's Commentaries 56
8. Date of the Dhammapada Commentary 57
9. Authorship of this Commentary unknown; not by Buddhaghosa 59
10. References to stories of this Commentary in Milindapanha 60
11. Parallels to Story-cycle of Udena 62
12. Parallels to Dhammapada Commentary stories in Sanskrit and Tibetan 63
13. Hardy's Legends of Gotama Buddha (Cingalese) 64
14. Rogers's Buddhaghosha's Parables (Burmese) 65
15. Previous translations o Dhammapada and of parts of Commentary 66
16. Editions of the text of the Dhammapada Commentary 67
17. Brief list of books on the life and teachings of the Buddha 68
 
SYNOPSES OF THE LEGENDS OR STORIES
 
  The synopses occupy pages 71 to 141 of Volume 28  
  A detailed Table of Contents of this portion of the work is uncalled for  
  The page at which the synopsis of any given story begins is given below, with a capital letter S and in parentheses  
 
TRANSLATION OF THE LEGENDS OR STORIES
 
  The Table of Contents of this portion of the work may advantageously be made to serve also as a finding-index:  
1. For the place of the Synopsis of a given story (see above);  
2. For the Dhammapada-Stanza [numbers in brackets] to which the story relates;  
3. For the place of the text of the story in Norman's edition (N); and  
4. For the same in the Rangoon or Burmese or Burmese edition (B); and  
5. For the same in the Colombo or Cingalese edition (C). - Accordingly,  
  For each Story, there is given, in each odd line,  
1. The number of the Story in the Book,  
2. An English title,  
3. The page (in parentheses and with an S prefixed) of the Synopsis, and  
4. The page at which the Translation begins. - And  
  For each Story, there is given, in each even line,  
1. Its Pali title  
2. The number [in brackets] of the stanza to which the Story relates,  
2a. As counted from the beginning of the Book concerned, and  
2b. As counted from the beginning of the Dhammapada (so Fausboll),  
3. The volume and page (with N prefixed) of the Pali text in Norman's edition,  
4. The page (with B prefixed) of the Pali text in the Burmese edition, and  
5. The page (with C prefixed) of the Pali text in the Cingalese edition.  
 
Book I. Pairs, Yamaka Vagga. Volume 28
 
1. "If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out" 146
I a. Story of the Past: The wicked physician and the woman 158
2. Why cry for the moon? 159
3. Tissa the Fat 166
3 a. Story of the Past: Devala and Narada 167
4. "Not hatred for hatred" 170
5. The quarrelsome monks of Kosambi 175
5 a. Quarrel among the monks 176
5 b. The Buddha, the elephant, and the monkey 179
6. Kaja junior and Kala senior 184
7. Devadatta wears an unbecoming robe 189
7 a. Story of the Past: The elephant-hunter and the noble elephant 191
8. The Chief Disciples 193
8 a. Life of the Buddha 193
8 b. Life of Upatissa (Sariputta) and Kolita (Moggallana) 198
8 c. Story of the Past: Kala junior and Kala senior 204
8 d. Story of the Past: Yasa and fifty-four companions 205
8 e. Story of the Past: Thirty noble youths 206
8 f. Story of the Past: Three brothers Kassapa 206
8 g. Story of the Past: Sarada and Sirivaddha 210
9. Nanda the Elder 217
9 a. Nanda becomes a monk in spite of himself 217
9 b. Nanda and the celestial nymphs 220
9 c. Story of the Past: Kappata and the donkey 224
10. Cunda the pork-butcher 225
11. The righteous lay brother 228
12. Devadatta's career 230
13. Lady Sumana 242
14. Two brethren 244
 
Book II. Heedfulness, Appamada Vagga. Volume 28
 
1. Story-cycle of King Udena or Udayana 247
  Part 1.Birth and youthful career of Udena 247
  Part 2. Birth and youthful career of Ghosaka 252
  Story of the Past: Kotuhalaka casts away his son 252
  Story of the Present: Ghosaka is cast away seven times 256
  Part 3. Birth and youthful career of Samavati 266
  Part 4. Winning of Vasuladatta by Udena 270
  Part 5. Rejection of Magandiya by the Buddha 274
  Part 6. Death of Samavati and Magandiya, and explanation 277
  Treasurers, monks, and tree-spirit and Story of the Past 277
  Conversion of Samavati by Khujjutara 281
  Magandiya's plot against Samavati and the Buddha 282
  Burning of Samavati and punishment of Magandiya 288
  Story of the Past: Samavati's former deed 290
  Story of the Past: Khujjuttara's former deeds 292
2. The voice of a rich man 293
3. Little Wayman 299
3 a. Birth of Little Wayman 299
3 b. Little Wayman as a monk 301
4. Simpletons' Holiday 310
5. Kassapa the Great 311
6. Two brethren 312
7. How Magha became Sakka 313
7 a. Story of the present: Mahali's question 313
7 b. Story of the Past: How Magha became Sakka 315
8. A monk attains Arahatship 325
9. Tissa of the Market-town 326
9 a. Story of the Past: Sakka and the parrot 327
 
Book III. Thoughts, Citta Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. Elder Meghiya 1
2. The mind-reader 1
3. A discontented monk 8
4. Nephew Sangharakkita 10
5. Elder Thought-controlled 12
5 a. Story of the Past: Kuddala and his spade 15
6. Monks and tree-spirits 17
7. Cruelty a cause of boils 20
7 a. Story of the Past: The cruel fowler 21
8. Nanda the herdsman 22
9. Mother of two and father of two 23
 
Book IV. Flowers, Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. The soil of the heart 29
2. A monk attains Arahatship 29
3. Vidudabha wreaks vengeance on the Sakiyas 30
3 a. Story of the Past: Kesava, Kappa, Narada, King of Benares 34
4 Husband-honorer 46
5. Niggardly Kosiya 49
6. Pathika the Naked Ascetic 54
7. The king and the King of Kings 56
8. Marriage of Visakha 59
8 a. Story of the Past: Visakha's Earnest Wish 82
9. Elder Ananda's question 84
10. Sakka gives alms to Kassapa the Great 86
11. Godhika attains Nibbana 90
12. Sirigutta and Garahadinna 92
 
Book V. The Simpleton, Bala Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. The king and the poor man with a beautiful wife 100
1 a. Story of the Past: The Hell Pot 106
1 b. Story of the Past: The King of Benares and Queen Dinna 108
1 c. Story of the Past: The woman who killed a ewe 110
2. The rebellious pupil 111
2 a. Story of the Past: The monkey and the singila bird 114
3 A Jonah in the house 115
3 a. The niggardly treasurer 115
3 b. Sequel: A Jonah in the house 115
4. The pickpocket 117
5. The wise fool 117
6. From vice to virtue 118
7. A leper is tempted to deny his faith 119
7 a. Story of the Past: The four youths and the courtezan 120
7 b. Story of the Past: The insolent youth 120
8. A farmer is unjustly accused of theft 121
9. Sumana the gardener 123
10. Rape of Uppalavanna 127
11. Jambuka the Naked Ascetic 130
11 a. Story of the Past: The jealous monk 130
11 b. Story of the Present: Jambuka the Naked Ascetic 132
12. The snake-ghost and the crow-ghost 137
12 a. Story of the Past: The crow-ghost 138
12 b. Story of the Past: The snake-ghost 139
13. The sledge-hammer ghost 140
13 a. Story of the Past: The stone-thrower and his pupil 141
14. Citta and Sudhamma 144
14 a. Story of the Past: Citta's deed in a former birth 149
15 A seven-year-old novice wins all hearts 150
15 a. Story of the Past: The poor Brahman 150
15 b. Story of the Present: The novice Tissa 151
 
Book VI. The Wise Man, Pandita Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. A poor man wins spiritual treasure 163
1 a. Story of the Past: The grateful elephant 164
2. The insolent monks 165
3. The insolent monk 166
4. Kappina the Great, Elder 167
4 a. Story of the Past: Weavers and householders 167
4 b. Story of the Present: King Kappina and Queen Anoja 169
5. Pandita the novice 176
5 a. Story of the Past: Sakka and the poor man 176
5 b. Story of the Present: Pandita, the seven-year-old novice 184
6. Unshaken as a rock 189
7. After the storm, calm 190
8. A pack of vagabonds 193
9. Husband and wife 194
10. "Few there be that find it" 195
11. Abandon the dark state 196
 
Book VII. The Arahat, Arahanta Vagga. Volume 29.
 
1. The Tathagata suffers not 197
2. Free from attachment 198
3. A monk stores food 200
4. The monk and the goddess 201
5. Sakka honors a monk 202
6. A fancied slight 203
7. The loss of an eye 205
8. Not by the faith of another 208
9. Elder Revata of the acacia forest 209
9 a. Revata becomes a monk 209
9 b. The Buddha visits Revata 209
9 c. Story of the Past: The offering of honey and the siege of a city 214
10. A courtezan tempts a monk 217
 
Book VIII. Thousands, Sahassa Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. A public executioner 218
2. conversion of Bahiya Daruciriya 222
2 a. Digression: Story of the Past 222
3. the maiden who married a thief 227
4. Gain and loss 232
5. Sariputta's uncle 233
6. Sariputta's nephew 234
7. Sariputta's friend 235
8. The lad whose years increased 235
9. Samkicca the novice 238
9 a. Digression: How Samkicca got his name 238
9 b. Sequel: The novice Atimuttaka 245
10. The monk and the thieves 246
11. On the razor's edge 247
11 a. Story of the Past: Discontented and covetous 249
12. Patacara is benefit of all her family 250
13. Kisa Gotami seeks mustard seed to cure her dead child 257
13 a. Kisa Gotami marries the son of a rich merchant 257
13 b. Kisa Gotami seeks mustard seed to cure her dead child 258
14 The widow Bahuputtika and her ungrateful children 260
 
Book IX. Evil, Papa Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. The Brahman with a single robe 262
2. A discontented monk 264
3. Goddess and monk 265
4. Anathapindika and the goddess 268
5. The monk who failed to keep his requisites in order 271
6. Treasurer Catfoot 272
7. Merchant Great-Wealth 274
8. The enchanted hunter 276
8 a. Story of the Past: The city treasurer and the country treasurer 280
9. The hunter who was devoured by his own dogs 282
9 a. Story of the Past: Wicked physician, boys, and poisonous snake 283
10. The jeweler, the monk, and the heron 284
11. Three parties of monks 286
11 a. Story of the Present: Crow burned 286
11 b. Story of the Present: Woman cast overboard 287
11 c. Story of the Present: Monks imprisoned 288
11 d. Story of the Past: Ox burned 289
11e. Story of the Past: Dog drowned 289
11 f. Story of the Past: Lizard imprisoned 290
12. Suppabuddha insults the Teacher 291
 
Book X. The Rod or Punishment, Danda Vagga. Volume 29
 
1. The Band of Six 294
2. The Band of Six 294
3. A company of boys 295
4. The monk and the phantom 296
4 a. Story of the Past: The goddess who took the form of a woman 296
5. Visakha and her companions keep Fast-day 300
6. The boa-constrictor ghost 300
6 a. Story of the Past: The treasurer Sumangala and the thief 301
7. Death of Moggallana the Great 304
7 a. Story of the Past: The son who killed his parents 306
8. The monk of many possessions 308
8 a. Story of the Past: Prince Mahimsasa, Princes Moon and Sun 309
9. Santati the king's minister 312
9 a. Story of the Past: the preacher of the Law and the king 314
10. The monk and the ragged garment 316
11. Sukha the novice 318
11 a. Story of the Past: The treasurer Gandha, the laborer Bhattabhatika, and the Private Buddha 318
11 b. Story of the Present: Sukha the novice 324
 
Book XI. Old Age, Jara Vagga Volume 29
 
1. Visakha's companions intoxicate themselves 328
2. The Teacher cures a monk of love 330
3. the aged nun 334
4. A company of over-confident monks 335
5. The nun and the phantom 336
6. Queen Mallika and her dog 340
7. The monk who always said the wrong thing 343
7 a. Story of the Past: Aggidatta, Somadatta, and the king 343
8. Elder Ananda's Stanzas 345
9. Great-Wealth, the treasurer's son 346
 
Book XII. Self, Atta Vagga Volume 29
 
1. Prince Bodhi and the magic bird 349
1 a. The prince, the builder, and the magic bird 349
1 b. The prince entertains the Buddha 350
1 c. Story of the Past: The man who ate bird's eggs 351
2. The greedy monk 352
2 a. Story of the Past: the others and the jackal 353
3. "Be ye doers of the word" 354
4. "And hate not his father and mother 356
4 a. Birth of Kumara Kassapa 356
4 b. "And hate not his father and mother" 358
5. Killing of Maha Kala 359
6. Devadatta seeks to slay the Tathagata 362
7. Devadatta seeks to cause a schism in the Order 363
8. The jealous monk 363
9. Courtezans save a layman's life 365
10. By righteousness men honor the Buddha 366
 
Book XIII. The World, Loka Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. A young girl jests with a young monk 1
2. The Buddha visits Kapila 2
3. Five hundred monks attain Insight 4
4. Prince Abhaya loses his nautch-girl 4
5. the monk with a broom 5
6. Conversion of the robber Finger-garland 6
7. The weaver's daughter 14
8. Thirty monks 18
9. Cinca falsely accuses the Buddha 19
9 a. Story of the Past: The lewd woman and the virtuous youth 22
10. Gifts beyond Compare 24
11. Virtue bought and paid for 28
 
Book XIV. The Enlightened, Buddha Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. The Buddha has naught to do with women 31
1 a. the Buddha spurns the maiden Magandiya 31
1 b. The Buddha spurns the Daughters of Mara 33
2. The Twin Meracle 35
2 a. Pindola Bharadvaja performs a miracle 35
2 b. The Buddha promises to perform a miracle 38
2 c. Preliminary miracles 41
2 d. The Buddha performs the Twin Miracle 45
2 e. The Ascent of the Buddha to the World of the Thirty-three 47
2 f. The Descent of the Buddha and attendant deities 52
3. The king of the dragons and his daughter 56
4. How did the Seven Buddhas keep Fast-day? 60
5. The Buddha cures a monk of discontent 81
6. The monk and the dragon 63
7. Whence come men of noble birth? 67
8. What is the pleasantest thing in the world? 67
9. Honor to whom honor is due 68
 
Book XV. Happiness, Sukha Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. A quarrel among brethren 70
2. Mara possesses villagers 72
3. Defeat of the King of Kosala 73
4. "Look not on a woman to lust after her" 73
5. The Buddha feeds the hungry 74
6. On moderation in eating 76
7. By righteousness men honor the Buddha 78
8. Sakka ministers to the Buddha 79
 
Book XVI. Objects of Affection, Piya Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. Mother and father and son 81
2. The Buddha comforts the affilicted 83
3. The Buddha comforts the afflicted 84
4. The Licchavi princes and the courtezan 85
5. The golden maiden 86
6. Set not your heart on worldly possessions 88
7. Kassapa wins a basket of cakes 90
8. The Elder who had attained the Fruit of the Third Path 91
9. Nandiya attains heavenly glory 92
 
Book XVII. Anger, Kodha Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. How anger marred a maiden's looks 95
1 a. The maiden with blotches on her face 95
1 b. Story of the Past: The jealous queen and the nautch-girl 96
1 c. Sequel: The celestial nymph 97
2. The tree-spirit and the monk 98
3. The poor man and his daughter 99
3 a. Punna acquires merit 99
3 b. Uttara and Sirima 103
4. Do trifling acts of merit lead to heaven? 107
5. A Brahman greets the Buddha as his son 108
6. It is the giver that makes the gift 111
7. Nothing, too much, and too little 113
8. The Band of Six 115
 
Book XVIII. Blemishes, Mala Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. The cow-killer and his son 116
2. Little by little 119
3. The Louse that would have his own 120
4. Pride goeth before a fall 122
5. The wickedness of women 124
6. Courtesy and rudeness 124
7. All of the precepts are hard to keep 125
8. The fault-finding novice 126
9. The inattentive laymen 127
10. Treasurer Ram 130
10 a. Frame-story begun: The Buddha visits Treasurer Ram 130
10 b. How did Treasurer Ram get his name? 130
10 c. Story of the Past: How he came to possess golden rams 130
10 d. Story of the Past: How he and his family gained magical power 132
10 e. Treasurer Ram and his family exhibit their magical power 136
10 f. Frame-story concluded: Treasurer Ram goes to meet the Buddha 137
11. The fault-finding monk 138
12. Is there a path through the air? 139
 
Book XIX. The Righteous, Dhammattha Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. The unjust judges 140
2. The Band of Six 140
3. Not therefore is a man praised for his much speaking 141
4. Can a young monk be an "Elder"? 142
5. What is an accomplished gentleman? 143
6. It is not tonsure that makes the monk 144
7. What is it that makes the monk? 145
8. It is not silence that makes the sage 145
9. Noble is as noble does 146
10. Be not puffed up 147
 
Book XX. The Path, Magga Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. The Eightfold Path is the best of paths 149
2. Impermanence 150
3. Suffering 150
4. Unreality 151
5. Do not postpone until to-morrow 151
6. The pig-ghost 153
6 a. Story of the Past: The destroyer of friendships 154
7. Pothila the Empty-head 157
8. The old monks and the old woman 159
8 a. Story of the Past: Kaka Jataka 160
9. "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth" 161
10. Thou shalt surely die 164
11. The bereaved mother and the pinch of mustard seed 165
12. The women who was bereft of all her family 166
 
Book XXI. Miscellaneous, Pakinnaka Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. The Ascent of the Ganges 168
1 a. Story of the Past: The Brahman Samkha 174
2. "Not hatred for hatred" 176
3. The monks who were given to vanities 178
4. The monk who had killed his mother and father 178
5. The youth and the demons 179
6. The Vajjian prince who became a monk 182
7. Citta the faithful layman 183
8. Culla Subhadda the virtuous 184
9. The solitary monk 187
 
Book XXII. Hell, Niraya Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. Murder of Sundari 189
2. The skeleton-ghost 191
3. Magic for meat 192
4. The man whom women loved 193
4 a. Story of the Past: Khema's Earnest Wish 193
5. The presumptuous monk 194
6. The jealous woman 194
7. Fortify yourself like a city 195
8. Degrees of nakedness 196
9. Children visit the Buddha 197
 
Book XXIII. The Elephant, Naga Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. The sectaries insult the Buddha 199
2. The monk who had been an elephant-trainer 200
3. The old Brahman and his sons 201
3 a. Story of the Past: Matuposaka Nagaraja Jataka 204
4. On moderation in eating 206
5. The novice and the ogress 207
6. An elephant sticks fast in the mud 211
7. An elephant waits upon the Buddha 211
8. Mara tempts the Buddha 213
 
Book XXIV. Thirst or Craving, Tanha Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. Redfish 215
1 a. Story of the Past: The insolent monk. The bandits 215
1 b. Story of the Present: Fisherman, and the fish with stinking breath 217
2. The young sow 219
3. The renegade monk 221
4. The prison-house 233
4 a. Story of the Past: Husband and wife 223
5. Beauty is but skin-deep 225
6. The youth who married a female acrobat 226
6 a. Story of the Past: A joke in earnest 230
7. Young Archer the Wise 231
7 a. Story of the Past: Young Archer the Wise 232
8. Mara seeks in vain to frighten Rahula 234
9. The skeptical ascetic 235
10. The Summum Bonum 236
11. Treasurer Childless 239
11 a. Story of the Past: the niggardly treasurer 240
12. The greater and the lesser gift 242
 
Book XXV. The Monk, Bhikkhu Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. Guard the doors of the senses 343
1 a. Story of the Past: Takkasila Jataka 243
2. The goose-killing monk 244
2 a. Story of the Past: Kurudhamma Jataka 245
3. The monk who failed to hold his tongue 247
3 a. Story of the Past: The talkative tortoise, Bahubhani (Kacchapa) Jataka 248
4. By righteousness men honor the Buddha 249
5. The traitor monk 250
5 a. Story of the Past: Elephant Damsel-face, Mahilamukha Jataka 251
6. The Brahman who gave the gifts of first-fruits 252
7. The conversion of a pack of thieves 254
8. "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth" 259
9. The monk whose mother was a lioness 259
10. The monk and the ragged garment 260
11. "Whosoever beholds the Law, he beholds me" 262
12. The novice and the dragon 264
12 a. Story of the Past: Poor man Annabhara and rich man Sumana 264
12 b. Story of the Present: Anuruddha retires from the world 267
12 c. Story of the Present: The novice Sumana and the dragon 270
 
Book XXVI. The Brahman, Brahmana Vagga. Volume 30
 
1. Brahman Great-Joy 276
2. What are the :Two States"? 277
3. What is the "Far Shore"? 277
4. What is a Brahman? 277
5. The Buddhas shine both day and night 278
6. What is a monk? 279
7. The patient subdues the violent 279
8. Maha Pajapati Gotami receives the Precepts 281
9. reverence to whom reverence is due 282

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Pat, Canada.
Love the website and the breadth of selection. Thanks for assembling such a great collection of art and sculpture.
Richard, USA
Another three books arrived during the last weeks, all of them diligently packed. Excellent reading for the the quieter days at the end of the year. Greetings to Vipin K. and his team.
Walter
Your products are uncommon yet have advanced my knowledge and devotion to Sanatana Dharma. Also, they are reasonably priced and ship quickly. Thank you for all you do.
Gregory, USA
Thank you kindly for the Cobra Ganesha from Mahabalipuram. The sculpture is exquisite quality and the service is excellent. I would not hesitate to order again or refer people to your business. Thanks again.
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