DHAMMAPADA – excerpts

” Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought.

If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts

suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox. ”


” Just as a storm throws down a weak tree, so does Mara overpower the man

who lives for the pursuit of pleasures, who is uncontrolled in his senses,

immoderate in eating, indolent, and dissipated.”


” Those who mistake the unessential to be essential

and the essential to be unessential, dwelling in wrong thoughts,

never arrive at the essential. ”


” Just as rain breaks through an ill-thatched house,

so passion penetrates an undeveloped mind. ”


” . Do not give way to heedlessness. Do not indulge in sensual pleasures.

Only the heedful and meditative attain great happiness. ”


” Just as a fletcher straightens an arrow shaft, even so the discerning man

straightens his mind — so fickle and unsteady, so difficult to guard. ”


” Wonderful, indeed, it is to subdue the mind, so difficult to subdue,

ever swift and seizing whatever it desires. A tamed mind brings happiness. ”


” Realizing that this body is as fragile as a clay pot, and fortifying this mind

like a well-fortified city, fight out Mara with the sword of wisdom.

Then, guarding the conquest, remain unattached. ”


” Of all the fragrances — sandal, tagara, blue lotus and jasmine —

the fragrance of virtue is the sweetest. ”


” Should a seeker not find a companion who is better or equal,

let him resolutely pursue a solitary course;

there is no fellowship with the fool. ”


”  Irrigators regulate the rivers; fletchers straighten the arrow shaft;

carpenters shape the wood; the wise control themselves. ”


” He is indeed virtuous, wise, and righteous who neither for his own sake

nor for the sake of another (does any wrong),

who does not crave for sons, wealth, or kingdom,

and does not desire success by unjust means. ”


” The mindful ones exert themselves. They are not attached to any home;

like swans that abandon the lake, they leave home after home behind. ”


” Calm is his thought, calm his speech, and calm his deed, who,

truly knowing, is wholly freed, perfectly tranquil and wise. ”

~ by pinoro on January 26, 2012.

One Response to “DHAMMAPADA – excerpts”

  1. very beautiful…let us all embrace these teachings within and without!!

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