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Chapter Ten -- Violence

  1. All tremble at violence, all fear death.
    Putting oneself in the place of another, one should
    not kill nor cause another to kill.
  2. All tremble at violence, life is dear to all.
    Putting oneself in the place of another, one should
    not kill nor cause another to kill.
  3. One who, while oneself seeking happiness,
    oppresses with violence other beings who also
    desire happiness, will not attain happiness hereafter.
  4. One who, while oneself seeking happiness,
    does not oppress with violence other beings who
    also desire happiness, will find happiness hereafter.
  5. Speak not harshly to anyone; for those
    thus spoken to might retort. Indeed, angry
    speech hurts, and retaliation may overtake you.
  6. If, like a broken gong, you silence yourself,
    you have approached Nibbana, for vindictiveness
    is no more in you.
  7. Just as a cowherd drives the cattle to
    pasture with a staff, so do old age and death
    drive the life force of beings (from existence
    to existence).
  8. When fools commit evil deeds, they
    do not realize (their evil nature). Witless
    persons are tormented by their own deeds, like one
    burnt by fire.
  9. Those who use violence against those who
    are unarmed, and offend those who are inoffensive,
    will soon come upon one of these ten states:
  10. Sharp pain, or disaster, bodily
    injury, serious illness, or derangement of mind,
    trouble from the government, or grave charges,
    loss of relatives, or loss of wealth, houses destroyed
    by a ravaging fire, and upon dissolution of
    the body those ignorant persons will be born in hell.
  11. Neither going about naked, nor matted
    locks, nor filth, nor fasting, nor lying on the
    ground, nor smearing oneself with ashes and
    dust, nor sitting on the heels (in penance) can
    purify a mortal who has not overcome mental wavering.
  12. Even though one be well-adorned, yet if
    one is poised, calm, controlled and established
    in the holy life, having laid aside violence towards
    all beings--one, truly, is a holy person, a renunciate.
  13. Only rarely is there a person in this world
    who, restrained by modesty, avoids reproach, as
    a thoroughbred horse the whip.
  14. Like a thoroughbred horse touched by
    the whip, be strenuous, be filled with spiritual
    yearning. By faith and moral purity, by effort
    and meditation, by investigation of the truth, by
    being rich in knowledge and virtue, and by being
    mindful, destroy this unlimited suffering.
  15. Irrigators regulate the waters; fletchers
    straighten arrow shafts; carpenters shape wood;
    and the good control themselves.

Vi"o*lence (?), n. [F., fr. L. violentia. See Violent.]


The quality or state of being violent; highly excited action, whether physical or moral; vehemence; impetuosity; force.

That seal You ask with such a violence, the king, Mine and your master, with his own hand gave me. Shak.

All the elements At least had gone to wrack, disturbed and torn With the violence of this conflict. Milton.


Injury done to that which is entitled to respect, reverence, or observance; profanation; infringement; unjust force; outrage; assault.

Do violence to do man. Luke iii. 14.

We can not, without offering violence to all records, divine and human, deny an universal deluge. T. Burnet.

Looking down, he saw The whole earth filled with violence. Milton.


Ravishment; rape; constupration.

To do violence on, to attack; to murder. "She . . . did violence on herself." Shak. -- To do violence to, to outrage; to injure; as, he does violence to his own opinions.

Syn. -- Vehemence; outrage; fierceness; eagerness; violation; infraction; infringement; transgression; oppression.


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Vi"o*lence, v. t.

To assault; to injure; also, to bring by violence; to compel.


B. Jonson.


© Webster 1913.

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