Teachings of Buddha.

1.Better than a thousand meaningless statements
Is one meaningful word,
Which having been heard
Brings peace.
2.All experience is preceded by mind,
Led by mind
Made by mind.
Speak or act with a peaceful mind,
And happiness follows
Like a never departing shadow.
3.Don’t give yourself to negligence,
Don’t devote yourself to sensual pleasure.
Vigilant and absorbed in meditation
One attains abundant happiness.
4.The restless, agitated mind,
Hard to protect, hard to control,
The sage makes straight,
As a fletcher the shaft of an arrow.
5.Neither mother nor father,
Nor any other relatives can do
One as much good
As one’s own well directed mind.
6.Like a beautiful flower,
Brightly coloured and with scent,
So are well-spoken words
fruitful when carried out.
7.Slight is the scent of rosebay or sandalwood,
But the scent of virtuous is supreme,
Drifting even to Gods.
8.Night is long for one lying awake.
Seven miles is long for one exhausted.
Samsara(=worldly life)is long for fools
Ignorant of true Dharma.
9.Irrigators guide water;
Fletchers shape arrows;
Carpenters fashion wood;
Sages tame themselves.
10.Like fine dust thrown against the wind,
Evil comes back to the fool
who harms a person who is
Innocent, pure and unblemished.
11.Don’t speak harshly to anyone;
What you say will be said back to you.
Hostile speech is painful,
And you will meet with retaliation.
12.Health is the foremost possession,
Contentment, the foremost wealth,
Trust, the foremost kinship,
And Nirvana, the foremost happiness.
13.Relatives, friends and companions
When a long-absent person
Returns from afar.
Just so, in passing from this world to the next.
The merit we have made
Receive us,
As a family does the return of a beloved
14.The tamed elephant is the one
They take into a crowd.
The tamed elephant is the one
The king mounts.
Best among humans is the tamed person
who endures verbal abuse.
15.In the past, this mind went wandering
Where it wished, as it liked and as it pleased.
Now I will retrain it wisely,
As an elephant keeper does an elephant in rut.
Source:The Dhammapada.(author-Gil Fronsdal)


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