na passe na suṇe, na ca bālena saṃvase;
Bālenallāpa sallāpaṃ, na kare na ca rocaye.
Anayaṃ nayati dummedho, adhurāyaṃ niyuñjati;
Dunnayo seyyaso hoti, sammā vutto pakuppati;
Vinayaṃ so na jānāti, sādhu tassa adassanaṃ.
“The Aspiration of Bodhisatta Akitti”
Understanding the danger of associating with the foolish, the bodhisatta made an aspiration in one of his previous lives. In that life, his name was Akitti, and he was very rich.
Nonetheless, he gave up all his living and non-living things and renounced the world. Then he practised very seriously, which is not an easy thing to do. At that time, the king of the devas wanted to know why he was practising seriously on an island, so he approached the bodhisatta by creating a human body for himself and asked many questions. After a long exchange, the king of the devas invited the bodhisatta to make an aspiration, and the bodhisatta uttered the following:
Bālaṃ na passe na suṇe, na ca bālena saṃvase,
bālenallāpa sallāpaṃ, na kare na ca rocaye.
May I not meet with a fool.
May I not hear from a fool.
May I not associate with a fool.
If I need to converse with the fool,
May I not take delight in his speech,
And may I not follow and act according to his speech.
We can say that encountering a fool is not a desirable thing, yet sooner or later all of us meet with a fool or speak with one.
Sometimes we even take delight in speaking with the fool or even follow what the fool tells us. This is regrettable, and it happens to us because we have not made the contrary aspirations before in our lives. From today onwards, then, we must make an aspiration not to meet with the fool, not to speak with the fool, not to take delight in the fool’s speech, and not to follow what the fool tell us to do.
The king of the devas responded by asking, ‘Kinnu te akaraṃ bālo, vada kassapa kāraṇaṃ, kena kassapa bālassa, dassanaṃ nābhikaṅkhasi’ – ‘What have the foolish done to you? Why do you aspire not to see a fool?’ The bodhisatta answered:
Anayaṃ nayati dummedho, adhurāyaṃ niyuñjati.
Dunnayo seyyaso hoti, sammā vutto pakuppati.
Vinayaṃ so na jānāti, sādhu tassa adassanan’ti.
The fool guides us to that which is not the right way;
The fool engages in what is not suitable to do;
The fool greatly delights in bad deeds;
If we say something good, the fool feels very angry;
The fool does not observe the rules.
Therefore, it is very good not to see a fool.
The fool practises neither the rules of society nor the rules of ordained persons because he does not know them. The phrase ‘anayaṃ nayati dummedho’ – ‘the fool guides us to that which is not the right way’ – merits further examination. It means not to be a fool in this present life. Do not be someone who gives others misguidance. For example, some people in this world maintain that their God has told them, ‘If they do not believe me, they are evil; you must kill them for me. If you do so, you will be reborn in heaven.’ This is how the fool guides people in what is not the right way. As the Buddha said, ‘All harm and danger are caused by the foolish, not by the wise.’ Many also teach that their God said, ‘I have created all these animals for you to eat. Doing so is not unwholesome.’ Some even believe that killing animals for food is wholesome, because it will release them from their animal lives. In this manner also the fool guides others in what is not the right way.
Quote from < The Truth Taught by All the Buddhas>
Practice of Dana & sila(precepts) & Meditation,etc.
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