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Neither Stealing nor Cheating, Taking only what is Given!

Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
What, householder friends, is the Dhamma explanation befitting to oneself?
Here, householder friends, a Noble Disciple reflects thus: If someone were to take from me,
what I have not given, that is, to commit theft, steal, that would neither be pleasing, nor agreeable
to me. If I were to take from whatever kind of another being, what he has not freely given, that
is also to commit theft, to steal, that would neither be pleasing, nor agreeable to that other being
either.... What is displeasing and disagreeable to me, is thus also displeasing and disagreeable to any
other being too! How can I inflict upon another being, what is displeasing and disagreeable to myself?
Having reflected repeatedly thus, then gradually:
1: One will carefully avoid all taking, what is not freely given...
2: One will persuade others also to abstain from all stealing and theft...
3: One will praise only accepting, what is freely and righteously given...
In exactly this way is this good bodily behaviour purified in 3 respects!

Cheating with valuables and scales, fraud, false insurance claims, swindling, tax evasion,
and any illegitimate misappropriation by misrepresentation of right to values is theft...


The one who destroys life;
The one who speaks false;
The one who takes what is not given;
The one who mates with the partner of another;
The one who is addicted to drinking and drugging;
Such one - even in this world - digs up his own root!
Dhammapada 246-47


The one who never takes, what is not freely given,
whether long or short, fine or foul, exquisite
or repulsive, such one is a pure one.
Dhammapada 409


More on Stealing and Consequences:

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:354]
section 55: Sotāpattisamyutta. Thread 7: To the people at the Bamboo gate...

Avoid all Stealing and Cheating!

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