Poem – Good And Bad – Gautam Buddha 

Lord Gautam Buddha 563 BCE - 480 BCE

Lord Gautam Buddha
563 BCE – 480 BCE


A person should hurry toward the good 

and restrain one’s thoughts from the bad. 

If a person is slow in doing good, 

one’s mind will find pleasure in wrong. 
If a person does what is wrong, let one not do it again. 

Let one not find pleasure in wrong. 

Painful is the accumulation of bad conduct. 
If a person does what is good, let one do it again. 

Let one find joy in it. 

Happiness is the result of good conduct. 
Even a wrong-doer sees happiness 

as long as one’s wrong action does not ripen; 

but when the wrong action has ripened, 

then does the wrong-doer see bad. 
Even a good person sees bad 

as long as one’s good action does not ripen; 

but when one’s good action has ripened, 

then the good person sees the good. 
Let no one underestimate evil, 

thinking, ‘It will not come near me.’ 

Even a water-pot is filled by the falling of drops of water. 

A fool becomes full of evil 

even if one gathers it little by little. 
Let no one underestimate good, 

thinking, ‘It will not come near me.’ 

Even a water-pot is filled by the falling of drops of water. 

A wise person becomes full of goodness 

even if one gathers it little by little. 
Let a person avoid wrong actions, as a merchant, 

who has few companions and carries much wealth, 

avoids a dangerous road; 

as a person who loves life avoids poison. 
Whoever has no wound on one’s hand 

may touch poison with that hand; 

poison does not affect one who has no wound; 

nor does evil one who does no wrong. 
Whoever does wrong to an innocent person 

or to one who is pure and harmless, 

the wrong returns to that fool 

just like fine dust thrown against the wind. 
Some people are born again in the womb; 

wrong-doers go to hell; 

the good go to heaven; 

those free from worldly desires attain nirvana. 
Neither in the sky nor in the middle of the ocean 

nor by entering the caves of mountains 

is there known a place on earth 

where a person can escape from a wrong action. 
Neither in the sky nor in the middle of the ocean 

nor by entering the caves of mountains 

is there known a place on earth 

where a person can escape from death.