The Dharmapeda
I. The Twin Verses
        All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is
 founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a
person speaks or acts from an evil thought, pain follows them, as the wheel
follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.
    All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is 
founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a
person 
speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows them,
like a shadow that never leaves them.
        "They abused me, they beat me, they defeated me, they
robbed me"--in those who harbor such thoughts hatred will
never cease.
        "They abused me, they beat me, they defeated me, they
robbed me"--in those who do not harbor such thoughts hatred
will cease.
        For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time, hatred
ceases by Love--this is an eternal Law...
        Those who imagine truth in untruth, and see untruth in
truth, never arrive at truth, but follow vain desires.
        Those who know truth in truth, and untruth in untruth,
arrive at truth, and follow true desires.

                                      II.

                                  On Reason 

    Reasoning is the Path of Nirvana; thoughtlessness the path
of death. Those who Reason do not die; those who are
thoughtless are as if dead already.
        Having understood this clearly, those who have
progressed in Reason delight in Reason, and rejoice in the
Knowledge of the Elect.
        These wise people, meditative, steady, always exerting
strong powers, attain to Nirvana, the highest happiness.
        By Reason did Maghavan (Indra) rise to the lordship of 
the Gods. People praise Reason, thoughtlessness is always 
condemned. 
        A bhikshu who delights in Reason, who looks with fear on 
thoughtlessness, moves about like fire, burning all their fetters,
small or large.
        A bhikshu who delights in Reason, who looks with fear on 
thoughtlessness, cannot fall away from their pure state--they
are close to Nirvana.

                                   III.

                                 Thought

    As a fletcher makes straight their arrow, a wise person
makes straight their trembling and unsteady thought, which is
difficult to guard, difficult to hold back.
        As a fish taken from its watery home and thrown on the
dry ground, our thought trembles all over in order to escape
the dominion of mara, the tempter.
        It is good to tame the mind, which is difficult to hold in
and flighty, rushing wherever it leans; a tamed mind brings
happiness...
        Knowing that the mind is fragile like a jar, and making
their thought firm like a fortress, one should attack mara, the
tempter, with the weapon of Knowledge; one should watch it
when conquered, and should never forget.

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