1. Yourself


    Love yourself and watch –
    Today, tomorrow, always.

    First establish yourself in the way,
    Then teach,
    And so defeat sorrow.

    To straighten the crooked
    You must first be a harder thing –
    Straighten yourself.

    You are the only master.
    Who else?
    Subdue yourself,
    And discover your master.

    Willfully you have fed
    Your own mischief.
    Soon it will crush you.

    By your own folly
    You will be brought as low
    As your worst enemy wishes.
    So the creeper chokes the tree.

    How hard it is to serve yourself,
    How easy to lose yourself
    In mischief and folly.

    The kashta reed dies when it bears fruit.
    So the fool,
    Scorning the teachings of the awakened,
    Spurning those who follow the law,
    Perishes when his folly flowers.

    Mischief is yours.
    Sorrow is yours.
    But virtue is also yours,
    And purity.

    You are the source
    Of all purity and impurity.

    No one purifies another.

    Never neglect your work
    For another’s,
    However great his need.

    Your work is to discover your work
    And then with all your heart
    To give yourself to it.

    ~The Dhamapada


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Maha Ghosananda

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My Reflection

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Just the way it is

1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
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