DHAMMAPADA – excerpts (part 2)
” Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle,
yet he indeed is the noblest victor who conquers himself. ”
” Neither in the sky nor in mid-ocean, nor by entering into mountain clefts,
nowhere in the world is there a place where one may escape
from the results of evil deeds. ”
” Like a thoroughbred horse touched by the whip,
be strenuous, be filled with spiritual yearning.
By faith and moral purity, by effort and meditation, by investigation of the truth,
by being rich in knowledge and virtue, and by being mindful,
destroy this unlimited suffering.”
” The man of little learning grows old like a bull.
He grows only in bulk, but, his wisdom does not grow. ”
”One should first establish oneself in what is proper;
then only should one instruct others.
Thus the wise man will not be reproached. ”
”By oneself is evil done; by oneself is one defiled.
By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself is one made pure.
Purity and impurity depended on oneself; no one can purify another.”
”Driven only by fear, do people go for refuge to many places
— to hills, woods, groves, trees and shrines/temples/churches.
But not by resorting to such a refuge is one released from all suffering.”
”Victory begets enmity; the defeated dwell in pain.
Happily the peaceful live, discarding both victory and defeat.”
” From affection, attachment, endearment, lust and craving
springs grief and fear.”
” Overcome the angry by non-anger; overcome the wicked by goodness;
overcome the miser by generosity; overcome the liar by truth.
Speak the truth; yield not to anger; when asked,
give even if you only have a little.”
” There is no fire like lust; there is no grip like hatred;
there is no net like delusion; there is no river like craving.”
” Having slain mother (craving), father (self-conceit),
two warrior-kings (eternalism and nihilism),
and destroyed a country (sense organs and sense objects)
together with its treasurer (attachment and lust), ungrieving goes the holy man.”