1. Suffering Follows The Evil-Doer
මනො පුබ්බංගමා ධම්මා – මනො සෙට්ඨා මනොමයා
මනසා චෙ පදුට්ඨෙන – භාසතිවා කරොති වා
තතො නං දුක්ඛමන්වෙති – චක්කංව වහතො පදං
Manopubbangma dhamma – manosettha manomaya
Manasa ce padutthena – bhasati va karoti va
Tato nam dukkamanveti – chakkam va vahato padam
Explanation: All that we experience begins with thought. Our words and deeds spring from thought. If we speak or act with evil thoughts, unpleasant circumstances and experiences inevitably result. Wherever we go, we create bad circumstances because we carry bad thoughts. This is very much like the wheel of a cart following the hoofs of the ox yoked to the cart. The cart-wheel, along with the heavy load of the cart, keeps following the draught oxen. The animal is bound to this heavy load and cannot leave it.