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yo ce gathasataj bhase anatthapadasajhitaj

ekaj dhammapadaj seyyo yaj sutva upasammati

(DhP 102)

Sentence Translation:

Who should say even a hundred verses without meaningful words,
better is one verse on the Dharma, after hearing which, one can attain calm.

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yo             ce gatha+sataj    bhase     an+attha+pada+sajhitaj
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Rel.Pron. part. N.f. Num.n.   V.act.    neg. N.n. N.n.    Adj.n.
Nom.Sg.    |       |    Acc.Sg. 3.Sg.opt.    |      |____|      Acc.Sg.
|                |       |_____|             |          |          |_________|
|                |            |                  |          |__________|
|                |            |__________|__________|
|                |                   |______|

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ekaj  dhamma+padaj    seyyo       yaj        sutva upasammati
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Num.n.  N.m.     N.n.      Adj.n.   Rel.Pron.n. V.ger.
Nom.Sg.   |      Nom.Sg. Nom.Sg.    Acc.Sg.       |      3.Sg.pres.
|               |______|              |              |________|            |
|___________|                     |                     |___________|

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yo: yad-, Rel.Pron.: that which. Nom.Sg.m. = yo.

ce, part.: if.

gathasataj: gathasata-, N.n.: hundred verses. It is a compound of:
    gatha-, N.f.: verse.
    sata-, Num.n.: hundred.
Acc.Sg. = gathasataj.

bhase, V.: should say. The verb root is bhas- (to speak, to say). 3.Sg.act.opt. = bhase.

anathapadasajhitaj: anatthapadasajhita-, Adj.: without meaningful sayings. It is the word atthapadasajhita-, Adj.: with meaningful sayings, negated by the negative prefix an-. This word is a compound of:
    atthapada-, N.n.: profitable saying, word of good sense. This can be further analyzed into:
        attha-, N.n.: meaning, worth, sense.
        pada-, N.n.: saying, word, verse.
    sajhita-, Adj.: connected, equipped with, possessed of. It is a p.p. of the verb dha- (put)
    with the prefix saj- (together).
Acc.Sg.n = anathapadasajhitaj.

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ekaj: eka-, Num.: one. Nom.Sg.n. = ekaj.

dhammapadaj: dhammapada-, N.n.: verse on the Dharma. It is a compound of:
    dhamma-, N.m.: Buddha's Teaching. The Law. Derived from the verb dha-, to hold.
    Thus dhamma "holds the world together".
    pada-, N.n.: word, saying, verse.
Nom.Sg. = dhammapadaj.

seyyo: seyya-, Adj.: better. Nom.Sg.n. = seyyo.

yaj: yat-, Rel.Pron.: that, which. Acc.Sg.n.: yaj.

sutva, V.ger.: having heard. The verb root is su- (to hear).

upasammati, V.: calms down, is appeased. The verb root is sam- (to be appeased) with the prefix upa- (towards). = upasammati.

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    This verse contains two connected sentences. They form the first and the second line of the verse respectively.
    In the first sentence, the subject is the relative pronoun yo (who, nomainative singular). The verb is bhase (should speak, 3rd person, singular, active, optative). The object is the compound gathasataj (hundred verses, accusative singular). It has an attribute, the compound anatthapadasajhitaj (without meaningful words, accusative singular). The particle ce (if) introduces the sentence.
    In the second sentence, the subject is the compound dhammapadaj (verse on the Dharma, nominative singular). It has the numeral ekaj (one, nominative singular) as an attribute. There is a clause, which forms an attribute to the subject: yaj sutva upasammati (after hearing which, one can attain calm). The subject here is the relative pronoun yaj (which, accusative singular). There are two verbs, one is the gerundive sutva (having heard) and one is upasammati (calms down, 3rd person, singular, active, indicative, present tense). These two form the verbal phrase sutva - upasammati (having heard, calms). The object of the sentence is the adjective seyyo (better, nominative singular).


    In the city of Rajagaha there lived a girl named Kundala Kesi. She was a daughter of a very rich man. Once she saw a thief who was being led to be executed. She felt in love with him and threatened to die uless she could marry him.
    Her parents therefore bribed the executioner and they married their daughter to the thief. But he was interested only in Kundala Kesi's wealth and did not love her. One day he told her to put one her best clothes and jewelry and took her to the top of the mountain saying he wanted to pay respects to the guardian spirits for saving his life. But when they reached the place, the thief wanted to kill her, take her jewels and run away. Kundala Kesi begged him to take her things but to spare her life. Her husband had no mercy and still wanted to kill her. Therefore she realized that in order to save herself, she must kill him. She pretended she wanted to pay him her respects for the last time and when she was behind him, she pushed him off the mountain.
    The guardian spirit of the mountain applauded her, saying that from this one can clearly see that wisdom is not found only amongst men, that women are also very wise.
    Kundala Kesi then did not return home, but became a disciple of some ascetics. She quickly mastered their teachings and they sent her to find some better teachers. She wandered around and challenged everyone to dispute with her. Many did - but she defeated them all, since no one could answer her questions.
    Once she arrived in Savatthi. She made a small hill of sand and put a branch on top of it, thus inviting everybody for a dispute. Venerable Sariputta took up this challenge. Kundala Kesi asked him many questions, but Sariputta answered all of them without hesitation. Then it was his turn to ask questions. He asked just one question, "What is the meaning of One?" She was not able to answer, therefore she asked Sariputta to teach her. Sariputta told her the answer: "All the beings in the world are sustained by one thing - food." Kundala Kesi became a nun and within a very short time she became an Arahant.
    Some monks wondered how it was possible to attain the Awakenment after hearing just few words of the Dharma? The Buddha told them by this verse that one verse of the Dharma is better the hundreds of meaningless sentences.

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