The World – Gautam Buddha

Do not follow a bad law.
Do not live in thoughtlessness.
Do not follow wrong ideas.
Do not be attached to the world.

Arise; do not be thoughtless.
Follow the path of virtue.
The virtuous rest in bliss in this world and in the next.
Follow the path of virtue; do not follow the wrong path.
The virtuous rest in bliss in this world and in the next.

Look upon the world as a bubble;
look on it as a mirage.
Whoever looks thus upon the world
is not seen by the sovereign of death.
Come, look at this world resembling a painted royal chariot.
The foolish are immersed in it,
but the wise are not attached to it.

The one who formerly was thoughtless
and afterwards became conscientious
lights up this world like the moon when freed from a cloud.
The one whose wrong actions are eradicated by good conduct
lights up this world like the moon when freed from a cloud.

This world is blinded; only a few can see here.
Like birds escaped from the net, a few go to heaven.
The swans go on the path of the sun;
miraculously they fly through the sky.
The wise are led out of this world,
when they have conquered Mara and the tempter’s armies.

Whoever violates the one law, who speaks lies,
and scoffs at another world,
there is no wrong that one will not do.

Misers do not go to the world of the gods;
only fools do not praise liberality;
the wise find joy in generosity,
and because of it become blessed in the other world.

Better than sovereignty over the earth,
better than going to heaven,
better than dominion over all the worlds
is the reward of reaching the stream.

Impurity – Gautam Buddha

You are now like a withered leaf; 

the messengers of death have come near you. 

You stand at the threshold of your departure. 

Have you made provision for your journey

Make yourself an island; work hard; be wise. 

When your impurities are purged and you are free from guilt, 

you will enter into the heavenly world of the noble ones.
Your life is coming to an end; 

you are in the presence of death. 

There is no rest stop on the way, 

and you have made no provision for your journey.
Make yourself an island; work hard; be wise; 

when your impurities are purged and you are free from guilt, 

you will not again enter into birth and old age.
As a smith removes the impurities from silver, 

so let the wise remove the impurities from oneself

one by one, little by little, again and again.
Just as rust from iron eats into it

though born from itself, 

so the wrong actions of the transgressor

lead one to the wrong path.
Dull repetition is the impurity of prayers; 

lack of repair is the impurity of houses; 

laziness is the impurity of personal appearance; 

thoughtlessness is the impurity of the watcher. 

Bad conduct is the impurity of a woman; 

stinginess is the impurity of the giver; 

wrong actions are the impurity of this world and the next. 

The worst impurity of all is the impurity of ignorance. 

Mendicants, throw off that impurity

and become free of all impurities.
Life seems easy for one who is shameless, 

who is a crowing hero, a mischief-maker, 

an insulting, impudent, and corrupt person. 

But life seems difficult for one who is modest, 

who always looks for what is pure, 

who is detached, quiet, clear, and intelligent.
Whoever destroys life, whoever speaks falsely, 

whoever in this world takes what is not given to them, 

whoever goes to another person’s spouse, 

and whoever gives oneself to drinking intoxicating liquors, 

even in this world they dig up their own roots. 

Know this, human, that the unrestrained are in a bad way. 

Do not let greed and wrong-doing bring you long suffering.
People give according to their faith

or according to their pleasure. 

Thus whoever worries about food and drink given to others

will find no peace of mind day or night. 

Whoever destroys that feeling, tearing it out by the root, 

will truly find peace of mind day and night.
There is no fire like lust, no chain like hate; 

there is no snare like folly, no torrent like craving. 

The faults of others are easy to see; 

our own are difficult to see. 

A person winnows others’ faults like chaff, 

but hides one’s own faults, 

like a cheater hides bad dice. 

If a person is concerned about the faults of others

and is always inclined to be offended, 

one’s own faults grow and one is far from removing faults.
There is no path in the sky; 

one does not become an ascetic outwardly. 

People delight in worldly pleasures;

the perfected ones are free from worldliness.
There is no path in the sky; 

one does not become an ascetic outwardly. 

No creatures are eternal, 

but the awakened ones are never shaken. 

Joy – Gautam Buddha

Let us live in joy, not hating those who hate us.

Among those who hate us, we live free of hate. 

Let us live in joy, 

free from disease among those who are diseased. 

Among those who are diseased, let us live free of disease. 

Let us live in joy, free from greed among the greedy. 

Among those who are greedy, we live free of greed. 

Let us live in joy, though we possess nothing. 

Let us live feeding on joy, like the bright gods.
Victory breeds hate, for the conquered is unhappy. 

Whoever has given up victory and defeat

is content and lives joyfully.
There is no fire like lust, no misfortune like hate; 

there is no pain like this body; 

there is no joy higher than peace.
Craving is the worst disease; 

disharmony is the greatest sorrow. 

The one who knows this truly

knows that nirvana is the highest bliss.
Health is the greatest gift; 

contentment is the greatest wealth; 

trusting is the best relationship; 

nirvana is the highest joy.
Whoever has tasted the sweetness

of solitude and tranquillity

becomes free from fear and sin

while drinking the sweetness of the truth. 

The sight of the noble is good; 

to live with them is always joyful.
Whoever does not see fools will always be happy. 

Whoever associates with fools suffers a long time. 

Being with fools, as with an enemy, is always painful.
Being with the wise, like meeting with family, is joyful. 

Therefore, one should follow the wise, the intelligent, 

the learned, the patient, the dutiful, the noble; 

one should follow the good and wise, 

as the moon follows the path of the stars.