Dhammapada - Free from desires and Be a wise being

 

HE IS THE CHARIOTEER. HE HAS TAMED HIS HORSES, PRIDE AND THE SENSES.
EVEN THE GODS ADMIRE HIM.

YIELDING LIKE THE EARTH, JOYOUS AND CLEAR LIKE THE LAKE,
STILL AS THE STONE AT THE DOOR,
HE IS FREE FROM LIFE AND DEATH.

HIS THOUGHTS ARE STILL. HIS WORDS ARE STILL.
HIS WORK IS STILLNESS. HE SEES HIS FREEDOM AND IS FREED.

THE MASTER SURRENDERS HIS BELIEFS. HE SEES BEYOND THE END AND THE BEGINNING.

HE CUTS ALL TIES.
HE GIVES UP ALL HIS DESIRES. HE RESISTS ALL TEMPTATION.
AND HE RISES.

AND WHEREVER HE LIVES, IN THE CITY OR THE COUNTRY, IN THE VALLEY OR IN THE HILLS,
THERE IS GREAT JOY.

EVEN IN THE EMPTY FOREST HE FINDS JOY
BECAUSE HE WANTS NOTHING. 

AT THE END OF THE WAY,THE MASTER FINDS FREEDOM
FROM DESIRE AND SORROW -- FREEDOM WITHOUT BOUNDS.

THOSE WHO AWAKEN NEVER REST IN ONE PLACE.
LIKE SWANS, THEY RISE AND LEAVE THE LAKE.

ON THE AIR THEY RISE AND FLY AN INVISIBLE COURSE,
GATHERING NOTHING, STORING NOTHING.
THEIR FOOD IS KNOWLEDGE. THEY LIVE UPON EMPTINESS.
THEY HAVE SEEN HOW TO BREAK FREE.

WHO CAN FOLLOW THEM? ONLY THE MASTER,
SUCH IS HIS PURITY.

LIKE A BIRD, HE RISES ON THE LIMITLESS AIR
AND FLIES AN INVISIBLE COURSE.
HE WISHES FOR NOTHING. HIS FOOD IS KNOWLEDGE.

HE LIVES UPON EMPTINESS. HE HAS BROKEN FREE.

THE WISE MAN TELLS YOU WHERE YOU HAVE FALLEN AND WHERE YOU YET MAY FALL
INVALUABLE SECRETS!
FOLLOW HIM, FOLLOW THE WAY.

LET HIM CHASTEN AND TEACH YOU AND KEEP YOU FROM MISCHIEF.
THE WORLD MAY HATE HIM BUT GOOD MEN LOVE HIM.

DO NOT LOOK FOR BAD COMPANY OR LIVE WITH MEN WHO DO NOT CARE.
FIND FRIENDS WHO LOVE THE TRUTH.

DRINK DEEPLY THE DEVINE. LIVE IN SERENITY AND JOY.
THE WISE MAN DELIGHTS IN THE TRUTH AND FOLLOWS THE LAW OF THE AWAKENED.

THE FARMER CHANNELS WATER TO HIS LAND. THE FLETCHER WHITTLES HIS ARROWS.
AND THE CARPENTER TURNS HIS WOOD. SO THE WISE MAN DIRECTS HIS MIND.

HEARING THE TRUTH, HE IS LIKE A LAKE,
PURE AND TRANQUIL AND DEEP.

WANT NOTHING.
WHERE THERE IS DESIRE, SAY NOTHING.

HAPPINESS OR SORROW -- WHATEVER BEFALLS YOU,
WALK ON UNTOUCHED, UNATTACHED.

DO NOT ASK FOR FAMILY OR POWER OR WEALTH, EITHER FOR YOURSELF OR FOR ANOTHER.
CAN A WISE MAN WISH TO RISE UNJUSTLY?

FEW CROSS OVER THE RIVER. MOST ARE STRANDED ON THIS SIDE.
ON THE RIVERBANK THEY RUN UP AND DOWN.
BUT THE WISE MAN, FOLLOWING THE WAY, CROSSES OVER, BEYOND THE REACH OF DEATH.

HE LEAVES THE DARK WAY FOR THE WAY OF THE LIGHT.
HE LEAVES HIS HOME, SEEKING HAPPINESS ON THE HARD ROAD.

FREE FROM DESIRE, FREE FROM POSSESSIONS,
FREE FROM THE DARK PLACES OF THE HEART, FREE FROM ATTACHMENT AND APPETITE,
FOLLOWING THE SEVEN LIGHTS OF AWAKENING, AND REJOICING GREATLY IN HIS FREEDOM,
IN THIS WORLD THE WISE MAN BECOMES HIMSELF A LIGHT,
PURE, SHINING, FREE.  

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