True Master and True Seeker 

 

MASTER YOUR SENSES, WHAT YOU TASTE AND SMELL,
WHAT YOU SEE, WHAT YOU HEAR.

IN ALL THINGS BE A MASTER OF WHAT YOU DO AND WHAT YOU SAY AND THINK.
BE FREE.

YOU ARE A SEEKER. DELIGHT IN THE MASTERY OF YOUR HANDS AND YOUR FEET,
OF YOUR WORDS AND YOUR THOUGHTS.

DELIGHT IN MEDITATION AND IN SOLITUDE. COMPOSE YOURSELF, BE HAPPY.
YOU ARE A SEEKER.

IF YOU DETERMINE YOUR COURSE WITH FORCE OR SPEED,
YOU MISS THE WAY OF THE LAW.

QUIETLY CONSIDER WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG.
RECEIVING ALL OPINIONS EQUALLY, WITHOUT HASTE, WISELY,
OBSERVE THE LAW.

IT IS YOU WHO MUST MAKE THE EFFORT. THE MASTERS ONLY POINT THE WAY.

WHO IS WISE, THE ELOQUENT OR THE QUIET MAN?
BE QUIET, AND LOVING AND FEARLESS.

FOR THE MIND TALKS, BUT THE BODY KNOWS.

GRAY HAIRS DO NOT MAKE A MASTER.
A MAN MAY GROW OLD IN VAIN.

THE TRUE MASTER LIVES IN TRUTH, IN GOODNESS AND RESTRAINT,
NONVIOLENCE, MODERATION AND PURITY.

FINE WORDS OR FINE FEATURES CANNOT MAKE A MASTER
OUT OF A JEALOUS AND GREEDY MAN.

ONLY WHEN ENVY AND SELFISHNESS ARE ROOTED OUT OF HIM
MAY HE GROW IN BEAUTY.

A MAN MAY SHAVE HIS HEAD
BUT IF HE STILL LIES AND NEGLECTS HIS WORK,
IF HE CLINGS TO DESIRE AND ATTACHMENT,
HOW CAN HE FOLLOW THE WAY?

THE TRUE SEEKER SUBDUES ALL WAYWARDNESS.
HE HAS SUBMITTED HIS NATURE TO QUIETNESS.

HE IS A TRUE SEEKER
NOT BECAUSE HE BEGS
BUT BECAUSE HE FOLLOWS THE LAWFUL WAY,
HOLDING BACK NOTHING, HOLDING TO NOTHING,
BEYOND GOOD AND BEYOND EVIL,
BEYOND THE BODY AND BEYOND THE MIND.

SILENCE CANNOT MAKE A MASTER OUT OF A FOOL.

BUT HE WHO WEIGHS ONLY PURITY IN HIS SCALES,
WHO SEEKS THE NATURE OF THE TWO WORLDS,
HE IS A MASTER.

HE HARMS NO LIVING THING.
AND YET IT IS NOT GOOD CONDUCT
THAT HELPS YOU UPON THE WAY, NOR RITUAL, NOR BOOK LEARNING,
NOR WITHDRAWAL INTO THE SELF, NOR DEEP MEDITATION.
NONE OF THESE CONFERS MASTERY OR JOY.

O SEEKER!
RELY ON NOTHING
UNTIL YOU WANT NOTHING.

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