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English translation of
Holy Dhammapada
English translation by Acharya Buddharakkhita
taken from http://www.cstone.net/~maxwell/Dhmpada.htm

The Self

154
If one holds oneself dear, one should diligently watch oneself. Let the wise person keep vigil during any of the three watches of the night.

155
One should first establish oneself in what is proper; then only should one instruct others.

156
Thus the wise person will not be reproached.

157
One should do what one teaches others to do; if one would train others, one should be well-controlled oneself. Difficult, indeed is self-control.

158
One truly is the protector of oneself, who else could the protector be? With oneself fully controlled one gains a mastery which is hard to gain.

159
The evil a witless person does by oneself, born of oneself and produced by oneself, grinds one as a diamond grinds a hard gem.

Continued...

160
Just as a jungle creeper strangles the tree on which it grows, even so a person who is exceedingly depraved harms oneself as an enemy might wish.

161
Easy to do are things that are bad and harmful to oneself, but exceedingly difficult to do are things that are good and beneficial.

162
Whoever, on account of perverted views, reviles the Teaching of the Arahats, the Noble Ones of righteous life--that fool, like the bamboo, produces fruits only for self-destruction.

163
By oneself is evil done, by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone, by oneself is one purified. Purity and impurity depend on oneself--no one can purify another.

164
Let one not neglect one's own welfare for the sake of another, however great. Clearly understanding one's own welfare, let one be intent upon the good.

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