Explanation: Human craving grows like the maluva creeper. In the end, it destroys the tree. And like a restless monkey unhappy with the fruit to be found in any tree, humans possessed by craving keep jumping from one existence to another.
Verse 335: How Craving increases
Explanation: If someone is overcome by craving which is low and poisonous, that person's sorrows grow as profusely as birana grass exposed to rain.
Explanation: Craving is a lowly urge. It is difficult to escape craving. But in this world, if one conquers craving, sorrow slides off like water from a lotus leaf.
Explanation: Those assembled here, may you all be well. This is advice for well being. A person who is keen to get sweet-smelling usira roots must first dig up birana grass roots. In the same way, dig up the roots of craving. If that is done, Mara (death personified) will not torture you over and over like a torrent snapping a reed.
Verse 338: Craving uneradicated brings repeated suffering
so this dukkha grows again
Explanation: Even when a tree has been cut down, it will grow again if its roots are left intact. Just so, when traces of craving remain, suffering arises again and again.
Verse 339: Caught in the currents of Craving
Explanation: If in a person the 36 streams flow strongly towards pleasurable thoughts, that person of depraved views will be carried away on those currents of craving.
Verse 340: The Creeper of Craving
Explanation: The streams of craving flow towards objects in all directions. As a result, new creepers spring up and flourish everywhere. The wise, when they see craving spreading in this way, cut its root with wisdom.
Explanation: Craving arises in people when attention to pleasurable objects flows outwards. These streams flow towards pleasure with the idea of sensual satisfaction. People who are bent on pleasure experience repeated cycles of birth and decay.
Verse 342: The bonds that entrap humans
Explanation: Surrounded by craving the masses tremble like rabbits caught in traps. Caught by ten fetters and seven bonds, beings suffer again and again for a long period of time.
Verse 343: Nirvana by shunning Craving
Explanation: Surrounded by craving, the masses tremble like rabbits caught in traps. Therefore, someone desiring to gain detachment -- nirvana -- should shun craving. More>>