Thursday, October 20, 2011

Guilty as Sin

These greedy liars propagate deceit,
And fools believe the fictions they repeat;

He who has eyes can see the sickening sight;
Why does not Brahma set his creatures right?

If his wide power no limits can restrain,
Why is his hand so rarely spread to bless?

Why are his creatures all condemned to pain?
Why does he not to all give happiness?

Why do fraud, lies, and ignorance prevail?
Why triumphs falsehood,—truth and justice fail?

I count your Brahma one th’ injust among,
Who made a world in which to shelter wrong.

-- Jataka no. 543


  1. I've always liked that one.
    I think Christopher Hitchens has that Jataka in one of his books... The Portable Atheist perhaps?

  2. Interesting, I didn't know that; I listened to some of his book on audio, but not the whole thing.