Miscellaneos – Gautam Buddha

If by leaving a small pleasure one sees a great pleasure, let a

wise man leave the small pleasure, and look to the great.
He who, by causing pain to others, wishes to obtain pleasure for

himself, he, entangled in the bonds of hatred, will never be free from

hatred.
What ought to be done is neglected, what ought not to be done is

done; the desires of unruly, thoughtless people are always increasing.
But they whose whole watchfulness is always directed to their

body, who do not follow what ought not to be done, and who steadfastly

do what ought to be done, the desires of such watchful and wise people

will come to an end.
A true Brahmana goes scatheless, though he have killed father and

mother, and two valiant kings, though he has destroyed a kingdom with

all its subjects.
A true Brahmana goes scatheless, though he have killed father and

mother, and two holy kings, and an eminent man besides.
The disciples of Gotama (Buddha) are always well awake, and their

thoughts day and night are always set on Buddha.
The disciples of Gotama are always well awake, and their thoughts

day and night are always set on the law.
The disciples of Gotama are always well awake, and their thoughts

day and night are always set on the church.
The disciples of Gotama are always well awake, and their thoughts

day and night are always set on their body.
The disciples of Gotama are always well awake, and their mind day

and night always delights in compassion.
The disciples of Gotama are always well awake, and their mind day

and night always delights in meditation.
It is hard to leave the world (to become a friar) , it is hard to

enjoy the world; hard is the monastery, painful are the houses; 

painful it is to dwell with equals (to share everything in common) and

the itinerant mendicant is beset with pain. Therefore let no man be

an itinerant mendicant and he will not be beset with pain.
Whatever place a faithful, virtuous, celebrated, and wealthy man

chooses, there he is respected.
Good people shine from afar, like the snowy mountains; bad people

are not seen, like arrows shot by night.
He alone who, without ceasing, practises the duty of sitting

alone and sleeping alone, he, subduing himself, will rejoice in the

destruction of all desires alone, as if living in a forest. 

Poem – Old Age – Gautam Buddha 

Lord Gautam Buddha  563 BC - 480 BC

Lord Gautam Buddha
563 BC – 480 BC


Why is there laughter, why is there joy 

while this world is always burning? 

Why do you not seek a light, 

you who are shrouded in darkness? 
Consider this dressed-up lump covered with wounds, 

joined with limbs, diseased, and full of many schemes 

which are neither permanent nor stable. 

This body is wearing out, a nest of diseases and frail; 

this heap of corruption falls apart; life ends in death. 
What pleasure is there 

for one who sees these white bones 

like gourds thrown away in the autumn? 

A fortress is made out of the bones, 

plastered over with flesh and blood, 

and in it lives old age and death, pride and deceit. 
The glorious chariots of the kings wear out; 

the body also comes to old age; 

but the virtue of good people never ages; 

thus the good teach each other. 
People who have learned little grow old like an ox; 

their flesh grows, but their knowledge does not grow. 
I have run through a course of many births 

looking for the maker of this dwelling and did not find it; 

painful is birth again and again. 

Now you are seen, the builder of the house; 

you will not build the house again. 

All your rafters are broken; your ridgepole is destroyed; 

your mind, set on the attainment of nirvana, 

has attained the extinction of desires. 
People who have not practiced proper discipline 

who have not acquired wealth in their youth, 

pine away like old cranes in a lake without fish. 

People who have not practiced proper discipline, 

who have not acquired wealth in their youth, 

lie like broken bows, sighing after the past.

Poem – Awareness – Gautam Buddha 

Gautam Buddha   563 BCE -  480 BC

Gautam Buddha
563 BCE – 480 BC


Awareness is the path of immortality; 

thoughtlessness is the path of death. 

Those who are aware do not die. 

The thoughtless are as if dead already. 
The wise having clearly understood this, 

delight in awareness 

and find joy in the knowledge of the noble ones. 

These wise ones, meditative, persevering, 

always using strong effort, 

attain nirvana, the supreme peace and happiness. 
If a person is awake, aware, mindful, pure, considerate,

self-restrained, and lives according to duty, 

that person’s glory will increase. 

By awakening, by awareness, by restraint and control, 

the wise may make for oneself 

an island which no flood can overwhelm. 
Fools follow after vanity, are ignorant and careless. 

The wise keep awareness as their best treasure. 

Do not follow after vanity 

nor after sensual pleasure nor lust. 
Whoever meditates with awareness obtains great joy. 

When the wise conquer thoughtlessness by awareness, 

climbing the terraced heights of wisdom, 

free from sadness viewing the sad crowd below, 

they gaze upon the fools, like one on the mountain peak 

gazes upon those standing on the plain. 
Aware among the thoughtless, awake among the sleepy, 

the wise advances, like a racehorse leaves behind the slow. 

By awareness Indra rose to become chief of the gods. 

People praise awareness; thoughtlessness is always blamed. 
A mendicant who finds joy in awareness, 

who looks with fear on thoughtlessness, 

moves about like fire, 

burning all restrictions, small or large. 

A mendicant who finds joy in awareness, 

who looks with fear on thoughtlessness, 

cannot fall away, but is close to nirvana.