Saturday, March 4, 2017

Opposite Ways


1.1
The experience of life is created by mind.
Thought precedes experience.
If one speaks and acts with a clouded mind,
suffering follows,
as the wheel of the ox-cart follows the ox.

1.2
The experience of life is created by mind.
Thought precedes experience.
If one speaks and acts with a clear mind,
contentment follows like a faithful shadow.

1.3
“He insulted me!  He attacked me!
He cheated me!  He robbed me!”
One who holds these thoughts
will never be free of hate.

1.4
“He insulted me!  He attacked me!
He cheated me!  He robbed me!”
One who is free of these thoughts will be free of hate.

1.5
Hatred in this world is not ended by hating.
Hatred is ended by not hating.
This truth has no exceptions.

1.6
Most people forget they will soon be dead.
Those who remember
put an end to their quarrels.

1.7
One who lives for pleasure, senses unchecked,
who eats too much, works too little,
and lacks vital energy,
is bent to the intent of Mara the Beguiler,
just as a weak tree is bent by the wind.

1.8
One who is unmoved by pleasure, senses restrained,
who eats in moderation, works diligently,
and retains vital energy, is not beguiled by Mara,
just as a rock is not ruffled by wind.

1.9
One who would wear the saffron robe
who is clouded, lacking virtue, and ignorant of truth,
is not worthy of the saffron robe.

1.10
One who would wear the saffron robe
who is clear, well established in virtue and truth,
is worthy of the saffron robe.

1.11
One who takes the unreal to be real
will never see the Real,
being beguiled by the unreal.

1.12
One who knows the unreal is not real
will come to see the Real,
being no longer beguiled by the unreal.

1.13
Desire permeates a clouded mind
as rain permeates a badly thatched house.

1.14
Desire does not permeate a clear mind,
as rain does not permeate a well-thatched house.

1.15
Selfish action brings grief.
Grief now, grief hereafter, grief in both.
Seeing the selfishness of one’s actions,
one forever grieves.

1.16
Selfless action brings joy.
Joy now, joy hereafter, joy in both.
Seeing the selflessness of one’s actions,
one is free of grief.

1.17
He who does evil suffers.
Suffers now, suffers hereafter.
In both he knows, “I have done evil.”
He burns in torment at the thought of his evil,
and is born into a realm of suffering.

1.18
He who does good is content.
Content now, content hereafter.
In both he knows, “I have done good.”
He rejoices in the thought of his goodness,
and exists in a state of contentment.

1.19
One who recites many religious teachings,
but is careless about putting them into practice,
is like a cowherd counting cows that are not his.
He cannot taste the milk of spiritual life.

1.20
One who recites few religious teachings,
but is faithful to Dhamma,
who has overcome desire, hatred, and delusion,
whose mind is clear,
who clings to nothing now or hereafter,
indeed lives the life of spirit.