The Wise Man
If a pandit rebukes or advises,
he is a wise, a revealer of hidden treasures.
Only good can come from him.
follow him, as the right-minded do.
The ill minded do not care.
Choose friends virtuous and excellent.
Shun the low-minded and ill-doing.
To drink Dhamma is to be serene.
Wisdom finds delight in the noble Dhamma.
Planners make cannels,
archers shoot arrows,
craftsman fashion woodwork,
the wise man molds himself.
Wind will not move rock,
nor praise and blame a wise man.
The words of the Dhamma flow into him:
he is clear and peaceful like a lake.
Good men do not stop working.
Good men do not gossip, good men are undemanding.
Joy does not effect them, nor sorrow.
Good men are constant.
A man who does not want
for himself or for others,
a man who uses prudence
in furthering his own welfare
such a man is holy,
such a man is wise and virtuous.
Most wander lost here,
very few are they who reach the farther shore.
But the disciples of Dhamma find Nirvana,
going beyond the difficult kingdom of death.
He gives up darkness and chooses light,
the wise man.
He gives up home, and desires to be homeless,
a hard choice.
Alone, single, casting away his pleasures,
he cleanses his heart and rejoices.
Nirvana is his.
He knows the roots of knowledge.
His senses are well disciplined.
He is free from attachment.
He is radiant.