The Elephant

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I shall suffer hard words

as the elephant suffers arrows in battle.

People are people,

most of them ill-natured.

Only the tamed elephant goes into battle,

the king rides only a tamed elephant;

he who tames himself is best among men,

he suffers harsh words patiently.

Tamed mules are excellent,

Sindhu horses of good breeding, excellent;

excellent are elephants of war.

Most excellent, however, is the self-tamer.

For no animals take one to Nirvana,

only the tamed self sees  that untrodden land.

Consider the elephant Dhanapalaka,

temples glistening with rutting juice;

restless, he does not eat,

he pines for the elephant grove.

The glutton and the sluggard,

lapped in foolish sleep,

like hogs wallowing in filth,

find birth again and again.

There was a time when my mind wandered

freely, doing what it pleased;

now I must rule it, like the mahout

with his hook ruling the rutting elephant.

Check your mind.

Be on your guard.

Pull yourself out

as an elephant from mud.

If you have a friend sober, pure, and wise,

let nothing hold you back

find delight and instruction in his company.

If you do not have a friend sober, pure, and wise,

walk alone-like a king who has renounced a conquered kingdom,

or an elephant roaming free in the forest.

Better aloneness than the friendship of a fool.

Walk alone like an elephant roaming free in the forest.

Be undemanding. Stay away from sin.

Friends give pleasure when needed.

Friendship is good when mutual.

Virtue’s a friend when one dies.

Giving up sorrow gives virtue.

To be a mother is happy,

to be a father is happy.

It is happy to be a recluse,

it is happy to be a saint.

Happy is virtue that lasts,

happy is well-rooted faith,

happy it is to be wise,

happy to avoid sin.

Buddha

reposted from ETH June 25, 2009

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9 thoughts on “The Elephant

  1. so many wise sayings Eddie, we must surely all be helped by the reading. love to you on this Summer Day in the midlands of England, the sun has been good to us today. xPenx

  2. Liebe Eddie mit der Freundschaft hast du recht man muss vorsichtig sein Elefanten sind ein leben lang gute Freunde und sie vergessen nie etwas.Dir einen schönen Tag.Grüße und Freundschaft.Gislinde

    • Als junge würde ich gehen nach Afrika Traum. Jetzt hat dieser Traum Form auf den Fotos, die ich sehe. Vielen Dank für Ihre freundlichen Worte Gislinde. mit Liebe, Eddie

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