Dhammapada Verse 214
Ratiya jayati soko
ratiya jayati bhayam
natthi soko kuto bhayam.
Verse 214: Attachment (to sensual pleasures) begets sorrow, attachment begets
fear. For him who is free from attachment there is no sorrow; how can there be
fear for him?
The Story of Licchavi Princes
While residing at the Kutagara monastery in Vesali, the Buddha uttered Verse
(214) of this book, with reference to the Licchavi princes.
On one festival day, the Buddha entered the town of Vesali, accompanied by a
retinue of bhikkhus. On their way, they met some Licchavi princes, who had come
out elegantly dressed up. The Buddha seeing them in full regalia said to the
bhikkhus, "Bhikkhus, those who have not been to the Tavatimsa deva world
should have a good look at these Licchavi princes." The princes were
then on their way to a pleasure garden. There, they quarrelled over a prostitute
and soon came to blows. As a result, some of them had to be carried home,
bleeding. As the Buddha returned with the bhikkhus after his meal in the town,
they saw the wounded princes being carried home.
In connection with the above incident the bhikkhus remarked, "For the
sake of a woman, these Licchavi princes are ruined." To them the Buddha
replied, "Bhikkhus, sorrow and fear arise out of enjoyment of sensual
pleasures and attachment to them."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
|Verse 214: Attachment (to sensual pleasures) begets
sorrow, attachment begets fear. For him who is free from attachment
there is no sorrow; how can there be fear for him?