Poem – Flowers – Gautam Buddha 

Lord Gautam Buddha  563 BC - 480 BC

Lord Gautam Buddha
563 BC – 480 BC


Who shall conquer this world 
and the world of death and the gods? 

Who shall find the clear path of truth, 

as a skillful person finds the flower? 
The wise student will conquer this world 

and the world of death and the gods. 

The wise student will find the clear path of truth, 

as a skillful person finds the flower. 
Whoever knows that this body is like foam 

and has learned that its nature is a mirage, 

will break the flourishing arrows of Mara 

and never see the king of death. 
Death carries off a person who is gathering flowers, 

whose mind is distracted, 

like a flood carries off a sleeping village. 

Death terminates a person who is gathering flowers, 

whose mind is distracted, 

before one is even satiated in pleasures. 
As the bee collects nectar and departs 

without harming the flower or its colour or scent, 

so let the sage live in a village. 

Not the faults of others 

nor their errors of commission or omission, 

but one’s own errors and omissions should the sage consider. 
Like a beautiful flower, full of colour, but without scent, 

are the fine but fruitless words 

of those who do not act accordingly. 

But like a beautiful flower, full of colour and full of scent,

are the fine and fruitful words 

of those who do act accordingly. 
As many kinds of garlands 

can be made from a heap of flowers, 

so many good works may be achieved by a mortal after birth. 

The scent of flowers does not travel against the wind, 

not even that of sandalwood, rose-bay or jasmine, 

but the fragrance of good people 

travels even against the wind. 

A good person pervades everywhere. 
Sandalwood or rose-bay or lotus or jasmine– 

among these perfumes, the perfume of virtue is unsurpassed. 

Limited is the scent of rose-bay or sandalwood; 

but the perfume of the virtuous 

rises up to the gods as the highest. 
Mara never crosses the path of those who are virtuous,

who live without thoughtlessness, 

and who are liberated by true knowledge. 

Just as on a heap of rubbish thrown upon the highway 
the lotus will grow sweetly fragrant, delighting the soul, 

so also among those who are like rubbish 

the wise student of the truly enlightened Buddha 

shines brightly with wisdom above the blinded crowd.

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