1. Flowers

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    Medicine Lake. Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt

    Medicine Lake. Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt

     

    Who shall conquer this world
    And the world of death with all its gods?
    Who shall discover
    The shining way of the law?

    You shall, even as the man
    Who seeks flowers
    Finds the most beautiful,
    The rarest.

    Understand that the body
    Is merely the foam of a wave,
    The shadow of a shadow,
    Snap the flower arrows of desire
    And then, unseen,
    Escape the king of death.
    And travel on.

    Death overtakes the man
    Who gathers flowers
    When with distracted mind and thirsty senses
    He searches vainly for happiness
    In the pleasures of the world.
    Death fetches him away
    As a flood carries off a sleeping village.

    Death overcomes him
    When with distracted mind and thirsty senses
    He gathers flowers.
    He will never have his fill
    Of the pleasures of the world.

    The bee gathers nectar from the flower
    Without marring its beauty or perfume.
    So let the master settle, and wander.

    Look to your own faults,
    What you have done or left undone.
    Overlook the faults of others.

    Like a lovely flower,
    Bright but scentless,
    Are the fine but empty words
    Of a man who does not mean what he says.

    Like a lovely flower,
    Bright and fragrant,
    Are the fine and truthful words
    Of the man who means what he says.

    Like garlands woven from a heap of flowers
    Fashion from your life as many good deeds.

    The perfume of sandalwood
    Rosebay or jasmine
    Cannot travel against the wind.

    But the fragrance of virtue
    Travels even against the wind,
    As far as the ends of the world.

    How much finer
    Is the fragrance of virtue
    Than of sandalwood, rosebay,
    Of the blue lotus or jasmine!

    The fragrance of sandalwood and rosebay
    Does not travel far.
    But the fragrance of virtue
    Rises to the heavens.

    Desire never crosses the path
    Of virtuous and wakeful men.
    Their brightness sets them free.

    How sweetly the lotus grows
    In the litter of the wayside.
    Its pure fragrance delights the heart.

    Follow the awakened
    And from among the blind
    The light of your wisdom
    Will shine out, purely.

    ~The Dhammapada


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