The Wise and the Fool

revised on 2019-07-02

Dhamma Talks by Mogok Sayadaw; 11th December 1960

[ In this talk Sayadaw was using the first verse of the 38 highest blessings—Maṅgala Sutta for the teaching. “Not to associate with fools; to associate with the wise; to honour those worthy of honour” ]

A fool (bāla) doesn’t mean a person is foolish but for the dhamma latency in the mind. In the same way, the wise (paṇḍita) also is not a person but the dhamma. The mind has ignorance (avijjā) and becomes the fool. The mind has knowledge (vijjā) and becomes the wise. We have to decide by the dhamma latency in the mind. Association with what is good becomes wise and bad becomes a fool. Not knowing is ignorance (avijjā) and foolishness is saṅkhāra (kammic formation).

Take the five khandhas as man and woman who are not exist is foolishness. Contemplation of the impermanence of the khandha is wise. By dying in this way is worthy of honour (pūjā ca pūjaneyyānaṁ). Someone dies by clinging to the khandha as a living being is the corpse of a fool. If you associate with impermanence will realize the incomparable Nibbāna.

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