Saturday, March 4, 2017

Thousands


8.1
Better than a thousand discourses
full of meaningless words
is the single word of truth that brings peace.

8.2
Better than a thousand verses
full of meaningless words
is the single line of truth that brings peace.

8.3
Though one recites a hundred scriptures
full of meaningless words,
better is the single utterance of Dhamma
that brings peace.

8.4
Though a great warrior may conquer
a thousand-thousand men in battle,
greater still is he who conquers himself alone.

8.5
Better by far to conquer oneself rather than others.
One who triumphs in self-mastery,
one who reaches Self-realization,

8.6
neither gods nor the instruments of the gods –
not even Mara and Brahma together –
can vanquish the victory or such a one.

8.7
If month after month for a hundred years
one offered a thousand sacrifices,
and if for a single moment
another recognized a Self-realized man,
that single moment would be worth far more
than the sacrifice of a hundred years.

8.8
If for a hundred years
one tended a ritual fire in the forest,
and if for a single moment
another honored a Self-realized man,
that single moment would be worth far more
than the rituals of a hundred years.

8.9
Whatever amount of sacrifices and offerings
one determined to gain merit
might manage in an entire year,
would not be worth a fraction of a single moment’s
reverence for one who embodies Truth.

8.10
In one with the capacity for reverence
four qualities increase: strength, beauty, happiness,
and span of life.

8.11
Better than a hundred years lived
in obedience to desire,
is one day lived in virtue and stillness.

8.12
Better than a hundred years lived
clouded with ignorance,
is one day lived in clarity and insight.

8.13
Better than a hundred years lived
in lethargy and sloth,
is one day lived with vitality and purpose.

8.14
Better than a hundred years lived not witnessing
the arising and passing away of Creation,
is one day lived in witnessing
the arising and passing away.

8.15
Better than a hundred years lived
not knowing the deathless state,
is one day lived in deathlessness.

8.16
Better than a hundred years lived
unaware of ultimate Truth,
is one day lived in Awareness.