Friday, March 27, 2009

Saddhammamaniratana II

176. Develop the quiet, even state of mind.
when praised by some and condemned by others.
Free the mind from hate and pride,
and gently go your way in peace.

180. Peaceful, quiet, and restrained,
speaking little, without conceit -
such a one shakes of all evil
as the wind shakes leaves off a tree.

181. Let one with sight be as though blind,
let one who hears be as though deaf,
let one with tongue be as though dumb,
let one who is strong be as though weak.177. Learn this from the waters -
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

178. Empty things make a noise,
the full is always quiet.
the fool is like a half-filled pot,
the wise person like a deep still pool.
176, Sn.702. 180, Tha.2. 181, Tha.501. 177, Sn.720. 178,721.


anotherqueerjubu said...

Verse 180: is "quite" a typographical error for "quiet"?

Usually I don't point these out, but in the case of translating and transcribing words from sutras, I wouldn't want to send future generations one letter astray...

Shravasti Dhammika said...

Dear Mark,
I plut those mistookes in there just to chock that purple are playing attention.
No, seriously, any corrections are welcome.