Dhammapada - (Dhp 12). Attavagga : Self
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(Dhp 12). Attavagga : Self
translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 1997–2009
If you hold yourself dearthen guard, guard yourself well.The wise person would stay awakenursing himselfin any of the three watches of the night,the three stages of life.
Firsthe’d settle himselfin what is correct,only thenteach others.He wouldn’t stain his name: he is wise.
If you’d mold yourselfthe way you teach others,then, well-trained,go ahead & tame —for, as they say,what’s hard to tame is youyourself.
Your own self isyour own mainstay,for who else could your mainstay be?With you yourself well-trainedyou obtain the mainstayhard to obtain.
The evil he himself has done— self-born, self-created —grinds down the dullard,as a diamond, a precious stone.
When overspread by extreme vice —like a sal tree by a vine —you do to yourselfwhat an enemy would wish.
They’re easy to do —things of no good& no use to yourself.What’s truly useful & goodis truly harder than hard to do.
The teaching of those who live the Dhamma,worthy ones, noble:whoever maligns it— a dullard,inspired by evil view —bears fruit for his own destruction,like the fruiting of the bamboo.
Evil is doneby oneselfby oneself is one defiled.Evil is left undone by oneselfby oneself is one cleansed.Purity & impurity are one’s own doing.No one purifies another.No other purifies one.
Don’t sacrifice your own welfarefor that of another,no matter how great.Realizing your own true welfare,be intent on just that.
Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Transcribed from a file provided by the translator.
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