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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna

Khema, the son of gods standing on a side said this stanza, to the Blessed One:

"The foolish behave, becoming their own enemy
They do actions, the results of which are painful.
Actions that bring remorse are better not done
The results of such actions are to be borne with tearful eyes.
Actions without remorse are well done.
Their results could be enjoyed with a pleasant mind."
"With caution do actions, if you know it's for your welfare.
Do not think like a carter, think wisely to exert.
Do not be like the carter who abandoned the safe highway,
Entered the uneven path and gambled in thoughts.
Just so leaving behind the Teaching, do not pick up the wrong Teaching.
The fool in the face of death thinks like a loser in gambling."

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