Sunday, May 10, 2009

Thousands



Better than a speech of a thousand vain words is
one thoughtful word that brings peace to the mind.
Better than a poem of a thousand vain verses is
one thoughtful line which brings peace to the mind.
Better than a hundred poems of vain stanzas is one
word of the dharma that brings peace to the mind.

One who conquers himself is greater than another
who conquers a thousand times a thousand men
on the battlefield. Be victorious over yourself
and not over others. When you attain victory over
yourself, not even the gods can turn it into defeat.

Better than performing a thousand rituals month
by month for a hundred years is a moment's homage
to one living in wisdom. Better than tending the
sacrificial fire in the forest for a thousand years is
a moment's homage to one living in wisdom.

~ The Dhammapada
 

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