Dhammapada Verse 77
asabbha ca nivaraye
satam hi so piyo hoti
asatam hoti appiyo.
Verse 77: The man of wisdom should admonish others; he should give advice and
should prevent others from doing wrong; such a man is held dear by the good; he
is disliked only by the bad.
1. anusaseyya: to give advice in advance; also to give advice
The Story or Bhikkhus Assaji and Punabbasuka
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (77) of
this book, with reference to bhikkhus Assaji and Punabbasuka.
Bhikkhus Assaji and Punabbasuka and their five hundred disciples were staying
at Kitagiri village. While staying there they made their living by planting
flowering plants and fruit trees for gain, thus violating the rules of
Fundamental Precepts for bhikkhus.
The Buddha hearing about these bhikkhus sent his two Chief Disciples
Sariputta and Maha Moggallana, to stop them from committing further misconduct.
To his two Chief Disciples the Buddha said, "Tell those bhikkhus not to
destroy the faith and generosity of the lay disciples by misconduct and if
anyone should disobey, drive him out of the monastery. Do not hesitate to do as
I told you, for only fools dislike being given good advice and being forbidden
to do evil."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
|Verse 77: The man of wisdom should admonish others; he
should give advice and should prevent others from doing wrong; such a
man is held dear by the good; he is disliked only by the bad.