Dhammapada - (Dhp 3). Cittavagga: The Mind
Sunday 28 March 2010
(Dhp 3). Cittavagga: The Mind
translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 1997–2009
Quivering, wavering,hard to guard,to hold in check:the mind.The sage makes it straight —like a fletcher,the shaft of an arrow.Like a fishpulled from its home in the water& thrown on land:this mind flips & flaps aboutto escape Mara’s sway.Hard to hold down,nimble,alighting wherever it likes:the mind.Its taming is good.The mind well-tamedbrings ease.So hard to see,so very, very subtle,alighting wherever it likes:the mind.The wise should guard it.The mind protectedbrings ease.Wandering far,going alone,bodiless,lying in a cave:the mind.Those who restrain it:from Mara’s bondsthey’ll be freed.
For a person of unsteady mind,not knowing true Dhamma,serenityset adrift:discernment doesn’t grow full.
For a person of unsoddened mind,unassaultedawareness,abandoning merit & evil,wakeful,there is no dangerno fear.
Knowing this bodyis like a clay jar,securing this mindlike a fort,attack Marawith the spear of discernment,then guard what’s wonwithout settling there,without laying claim.
All too soon, this bodywill lie on the groundcast off,bereft of consciousness,like a useless scrapof wood.
Whatever an enemy might doto an enemy,or a foe to a foe,the ill-directed mindcan do to youeven worse.Whatever a mother, fatheror other kinsmanmight do for you,the well-directed mindcan do for youeven better.
Provenance: ©1997 Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Transcribed from a file provided by the translator.
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