Your Self


Value your self, look after your self.

Be watchful throughout your life.

Learn what is right; test it and see;

then teach others-is the way of the pandit.

You are your own refuge;

there is no other refuge.

This refuge is hard to achieve.

One’s self is the lord of oneself;

there is no other lord.

This lord is difficult to conquer.

Diamond breaks diamond,

evil crushes the evildoer.

As the creeper strangles the sal tree,

evil overpowers the evildoer.

His enemy could not be more delighted.

Easy to do an evil deed,

easy to harm oneself.

Difficult to do a good deed.

very difficult indeed.

Like the khattaka tree, dead after fruit-bearing,

or cut down for the sake of it’s fruit,

the foolish man sows his own destruction

by mocking the wise, the noble, and the virtuous.

You cannot save another, you can only save yourself.

You do the evil deed, you reap the bitter fruit.

You leave it undone, your self is purified.

Better is your own Dhamma, however weak,

than the Dhamma of another, however noble.

Look after your self, and be firm in your goal.


teachings of Buddha taken from the Dhammapada

reposted from ETH August 20, 2009


15 thoughts on “Your Self

  1. i see that u posted this before Eddie. But every day u can post this.
    its a daily job to be ourself and to save ourselves
    Buddha wise noble. The way of life which u can feel when ur armong them
    i feel and i tast
    Tx for sharing this again Eddie

    • Yes I did post it a few years back. As you say it is timeless.
      His teachings have answered many questions for me.
      Thank you for your kind words. enjoy life, Eddie

  2. Eddie,
    “You cannot save another, you can only save yourself” stands out here. It would be interesting to hear your, as well as your readers’, interpretation of this line. Was the Buddha pointing out that only we can save ourselves and escape the wheel of birth and rebirth? Or could he have been referring to saving ourselves from bad karma? Save is defined as “rescue or keep safe.” These words from the Buddha are extremely profound and, though few in number, are a distillation of the entire immensity of life.
    Thank you,

    • In referring to “bad karma” I assume you refer to the re-actions brought about due to one’s own activity. Only you are able to save yourself from this and can continue to eliminate the cycles of death and rebirth. Buddha offers a simple (but complex) formula for accomplishing this goal.

  3. What a great start to my day. If you read each one of these several times and really think about what it means, each one is very powerful.

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