The Dhammapada Vol 09 ~ 03

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event type discourse
date & time 13 Feb 1980 am
location Buddha Hall, Pune
language English
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shorttitle DHAM0903
Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
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.
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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