Saturday, March 4, 2017

The World


13.1
Do not live a base life.
Do not live a careless life.
Do not live a false life.
Do not inflate the world.

13.2
Arise! Wake up! Live the virtue of Dhamma.
One who lives Dhamma dwells in contentment,
both in this world and beyond.

13.3
Live the virtue of Dhamma.
Do not fail to practice.
One who lives Dhamma dwells in contentment,
both in this world and beyond.

13.4
One who sees the world is a bubble, a mirage,
cannot be seen by the Lord of Death.

13.5
See the world as it is!
A gaudy chariot that captivates the foolish!
The wise have no interest.

13.6
Whoever overcomes delusion and becomes Aware,
illuminates the world
like the moon coming free of a cloud.

13.7
Whoever overcomes ignorance
and performs right action,
illuminates the world
like the moon coming free of a cloud.

13.8
People are blind. Few come to see clearly.
People are like birds caught in a net.
Few escape to freedom.

13.9
Swans follow the path of the sun,
moving through space by virtue of unseen powers.
The wise drift free of the world,
no longer bound by the illusions of Mara.

13.10
Truth is the first principle.
One who speaks what he knows is not true,
giving no thought to the world beyond,
is capable of all other evil.

13.11
The ignorant are not inclined to generosity.
The selfish do not go to heaven.
The wise are fulfilled by giving
and find joy in heaven.

13.12
Better than reigning supreme on earth,
better than going to heaven,
better than ruling the universe,
is entering the stream of Nirvana.