Look After 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.

source: The Dhammapada
originally posted, August 20, 2009
image: Eddie’s Images

 

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