Guard your Self WithIn and WithOut

 

LIKE A BORDER TOWN WELL GUARDED,
GUARD YOURSELF WITHIN AND WITHOUT.
LET NOT A SINGLE MOMENT PASS
LEST YOU FALL INTO DARKNESS.

FOR IF IN YOUR RENUNCIATION YOU ARE RECKLESS AND BREAK YOUR WORD,
IF YOUR PURPOSE WAVERS, YOU WILL NOT FIND THE LIGHT.

DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO RESOLUTELY, WITH ALL YOUR HEART.
THE TRAVELER WHO HESITATES ONLY RAISES DUST ON THE ROAD.

IT IS BETTER TO DO NOTHING THAN TO DO WHAT IS WRONG.
FOR WHATEVER YOU DO, YOU DO TO YOURSELF.

FEEL SHAME ONLY WHERE SHAME IS DUE.
FEAR ONLY WHAT IS FEARFUL.
SEE EVIL ONLY IN WHAT IS EVIL.
LEST YOU MISTAKE THE TRUE WAY AND FALL INTO DARKNESS.

SEE WHAT IS. SEE WHAT IS NOT.
FOLLOW THE TRUE WAY.

I SHALL ENDURE HARD WORDS AS THE ELEPHANT ENDURES THE SHAFTS OF BATTLE.
FOR MANY PEOPLE SPEAK WILDLY.

THE TAMED ELEPHANT GOES TO BATTLE.
THE KING RIDES HIM.
THE TAMED MAN IS THE MASTER. HE CAN ENDURE HARD WORDS IN PEACE.

BETTER THAN A MULE OR THE FINE HORSES OF SINDH
OR THE MIGHTY ELEPHANTS OF WAR IS THE MAN WHO HAS MASTERED HIMSELF.

NOT ON THEIR BACKS CAN HE REACH THE UNTRODDEN COUNTRY,
BUT ONLY ON HIS OWN.

THE MIGHTY ELEPHANT DHANAPALAKA IS WILD WHEN HE IS IN RUT,
AND WHEN BOUND HE WILL NOT EAT, REMEMBERING THE ELEPHANT GROVE.

THE FOOL IS IDLE.
HE EATS AND HE ROLLS IN HIS SLEEP LIKE A HOG IN A STY.
AND HE HAS TO LIVE LIFE OVER AGAIN.

MY OWN MIND USED TO WANDER WHEREVER PLEASURE OR DESIRE OR LUST LED IT.
BUT NOW I HAVE IT TAMED, I GUIDE IT,
AS THE KEEPER GUIDES THE WILD ELEPHANT.

AWAKE. BE THE WITNESS OF YOUR THOUGHTS.
THE ELEPHANT HAULS HIMSELF FROM THE MUD.
IN THE SAME WAY DRAG YOURSELF OUT OF YOUR SLOTH.

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