Hoa Vo Uu (Buddha Dharma Education Association)
Venerable Shravasti Dhammika
The Buddha’s Words of Wisdom
Whenever these five are found, whether in a king or farmer, a general, a village headman, a guide master or the leaders of the clan, growth may be expected and not decline, What five?
Take the case of a classman who with wealth acquired by the work and effort, gathered by strength of arm and sweat of brow, justly obtained by lawful means honors, reveres, venerates, and respects his parents. They in turn regard him fondly with thoughts of love, and say: “Long life to you and may you be protected.”
Thus, for one who regards his parents fondly, growth may be expected and not decline. The same is also true for his wife and children, servants and workfolk; the same obtains for those who work his fields, and his tenants, and also for the gods; the same applies to recluses and Brãmins. When he regards them fonldy, they will say: “Long life to you and may you be protected.”