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

The Elephant

317
As an elephant in the battlefield withstands arrows shot from bows all around, even so shall I endure abuse. There are many, indeed, who lack morality.

318
Tamed elephants can be led into a crowd, and the king mounts a tamed elephant. So too, best among people is the subdued one who endures abuse.

319
Excellent are well-trained mules, thoroughbred Sindhu horses and noble tusker elephants. But better still is the person who has subdued oneself.

320
Not by these mounts, however, can one go to the Untrodden Land (Nibbana), as one who is self-tamed goes by one's own tamed and well-controlled mind.

321
Musty during rut, the tusker named Dhanapalaka is uncontrollable. Held in captivity, the tusker does not touch a morsel, but only longingly calls to mind the elephant forest.

322
When a person is sluggish and gluttonous, lazy, rolling around in bed like a fat pig--that sluggard undergoes rebirth again and again.

323
Formerly this mind wandered about as it liked, where it wished, according to its pleasure, but now I shall thoroughly master it with wisdom, as a mahout controls an elephant in rut.

Continued...

324
Delight in heedfulness! Guard well your thoughts! Draw yourself out of this bog of evil, even as an elephant draws oneself out of the mud.

325
If for company you find a wise and prudent friend, one who leads a good life, you should overcome all impediments and keep this person's company, joyously and mindfully.

326
But if for company you cannot find a wise and prudent friend, one who leads a good life, then, like a king who leaves behind a conquered kingdom or a lone elephant in the elephant forest, you should go your own way alone.

327
Better it is to live alone, there is no fellowship with a fool. Live alone and do no evil; be carefree like an elephant in the elephant forest.

328
Good are friends when need arises; good is contentment with just what one has; good is merit when life is at an end; and good is the abandoning of all suffering (through Arahatship).

329
Good it is to serve one's mother; good it is to serve one's father; good it is to serve the Sangha; and good it is to serve the holy people.

330
Good is virtue until life's end; good is faith that is steadfast; good is the acquisition of wisdom; and good is the avoidance of evil.

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-- The Elephant --





 
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