Respect all living beings and do good to all

 

ALL BEINGS TREMBLE BEFORE VIOLENCE.
ALL FEAR DEATH. ALL LOVE LIFE.

SEE YOURSELF IN OTHERS.
THEN WHOM CAN YOU HURT? WHAT HARM CAN YOU DO?

BE QUICK TO DO GOOD.
IF YOU ARE SLOW, THE MIND, DELIGHTING IN FOOLISHNESS, WILL CATCH YOU.

HE WHO SEEKS HAPPINESS BY HURTING THOSE WHO SEEK HAPPINESS
WILL NEVER FIND HAPPINESS.

FOR YOUR BROTHER IS LIKE YOU. HE WANTS TO BE HAPPY.
NEVER HARM HIM AND WHEN YOU LEAVE THIS LIFE YOU TOO WILL FIND HAPPINESS.

NEVER SPEAK HARSH WORDS FOR THEY WILL REBOUND UPON YOU.
ANGRY WORDS HURT AND THE HURT REBOUNDS.

LIKE A BROKEN GONG BE STILL, BE SILENT.
KNOW THE STILLNESS OF FREEDOM WHERE THERE IS NO MORE STRIVING.

LIKE HERDSMEN DRIVING THEIR COWS INTO THE FIELDS
OLD AGE AND DEATH WILL DRIVE YOU BEFORE THEM.

BUT THE FOOL IN HIS MISCHIEF FORGETS AND HE LIGHTS THE FIRE
WHEREIN ONE DAY HE MUST BURN.

HE WHO HARMS THE HARMLESS OR HURTS THE INNOCENT
TEN TIMES SHALL HE FALL --
INTO TORMENT OR INFIRMITY, INJURY OR DISEASE OR MADNESS,
PERSECUTION OR FEARFUL ACCUSATION, LOSS OF FAMILY, LOSS OF FORTUNE.

FIRE FROM HEAVEN SHALL STRIKE HIS HOUSE AND WHEN HIS BODY HAS BEEN STRUCK DOWN
HE SHALL RISE IN HELL.

TURN AWAY FROM IGNORANCE. AGAIN AND AGAIN, TURN AWAY,
BEFORE SORROW BEFALLS YOU.

SET YOUR HEART ON DOING GOOD. DO IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN,
AND YOU WILL BE FILLED WITH JOY.

A FOOL IS HAPPY UNTIL HIS FOOLISHNESS TURNS AGAINST HIM.
AND A GOOD MAN MAY SUFFER UNTIL HIS GOODNESS FLOWERS.

DO NOT MAKE LIGHT OF YOUR FAILINGS, SAYING, "WHAT ARE THEY TO ME?"
A JUG FILLS DROP BY DROP. SO THE FOOL BECOMES BRIMFUL OF FOLLY.

DO NOT BELITTLE YOUR VIRTUES, SAYING, "THEY ARE NOTHING."
A JUG FILLS DROP BY DROP.
SO THE WISE MAN BECOMES BRIMFUL OF VIRTUE.

AS THE RICH MERCHANT WITH FEW SERVANTS SHUNS A DANGEROUS ROAD
AND THE MAN WHO LOVES LIFE SHUNS POISON, BEWARE THE DANGERS OF FOLLY AND MISCHIEF.

FOR AN UNWOUNDED HAND MAY HANDLE POISON.
THE INNOCENT COME TO NO HARM.

BUT AS DUST THROWN AGAINST THE WIND, MISCHIEF IS BLOWN BACK IN THE FACE
OF THE FOOL WHO WRONGS THE PURE AND HARMLESS.

SOME ARE REBORN IN HELL, SOME IN THIS WORLD, THE GOOD IN HEAVEN.
BUT THE PURE ARE NOT BORN AT ALL.

NOWHERE! NOT IN THE SKY, NOR IN THE MIDST OF THE SEA, NOR DEEP IN THE MOUNTAINS,
CAN YOU HIDE FROM YOUR OWN MISCHIEF.

NOT IN THE SKY, NOR IN THE MIDST OF THE OCEAN, NOR DEEP IN THE MOUNTAINS,
CAN YOU HIDE FROM YOUR OWN DEATH.

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