Gautama Buddha

(563 BCE - 483 BCE / Lumbini / Indian Sub. (today in Nepal))

Self - Poem by Gautama Buddha

If a person holds oneself dear,
let one watch oneself carefully.
The wise should be watchful
during at least one of the three watches.

Let each person first direct oneself to what is right;
then let one teach others; thus the wise will not suffer.
If a person makes oneself as one teaches others to be,
then being well-controlled, that one might guide others,
since self-control is difficult.

Self is the master of self;
who else could be the master?
With self well-controlled
a person finds a master such as few can find.

The wrong done by oneself, born of oneself,
produced by oneself, crushes the fool,
just as a diamond breaks even a precious stone.
The one whose vice is great brings oneself down
to that condition where one's enemy wishes one to be,
just as a creeper overpowers the entangled sala tree.
Bad actions and actions harmful to ourselves are easy to do;
what is beneficial and good, that is very difficult to do.

The fool who scorns the teaching of the saintly,
the noble, and the virtuous, and follows wrong ideas,
bears fruit to one's own destruction,
like the fruits of the katthaka reed.

By oneself is wrong done; by oneself one suffers;
by oneself is wrong left undone; by oneself is one purified.
Purity and impurity come from oneself;
no one can purify another.

Let no one neglect one's own duty
for the sake of another's, however great;
let a person after one has discerned one's own duty,
be always attentive to this duty.


Comments about Self by Gautama Buddha

  • (4/2/2019 7:43:00 AM)

    i dont believe btw........................ (Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/23/2017 8:13:00 PM)

    Let no one neglect one's own duty
    for the sake of another's, however great;
    let a person after one has discerned one's own duty,
    be always attentive to this duty.

    Nice poem, a great teacher, you are.
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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (9/17/2017 10:40:00 PM)

    Self is the master of self;
    who else could be the master?
    With self well-controlled
    a person finds a master such as few can find.

    A great poem of Gautama Buddha!
    I bow down with humility.
    Thank you for posting this wonderful philosophy of Buddha - the enlightened One!
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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (9/17/2017 10:40:00 PM)

    The wrong done by oneself, born of oneself,
    produced by oneself, crushes the fool,
    just as a diamond breaks even a precious stone.............................................. 2017 admits it is truth yet!
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  • Lyn Paul (9/17/2017 4:55:00 PM)

    Soothing and wise words of..Self..
    A pleasure to read.
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  • Savita Tyagi (9/17/2017 8:47:00 AM)

    In eastern philosophical thought search for divine started with search for self. These finest thoughts became basis for a virtuous and productive gentry. Lord Buddha's insights were one of the greatest. Thanks for putting it on. (Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T A (9/17/2017 8:38:00 AM)

    the fool scorning the teachings of noble and virtuous ones but follows wrong ones paves the way for one's own sufferings and destruction in life sure! (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/17/2017 4:40:00 AM)

    Bad actions and actions harmful to ourselves are easy to do;
    what is beneficial and good, that is very difficult to do.... true dictum. Great theme. Beautiful spirituak poem. Thanks and congratulations to his soul for being selected as the poem of the day.
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  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (9/17/2017 4:15:00 AM)

    For anything, there can not be two truths; Always, there only one truth. This is it about life. Both good as well as bad are within self.Thanks for sharing the philosophical message. (Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/17/2017 2:52:00 AM)

    Purity and impurity come from oneself;
    no one can purify another.

    True to the core of the words.
    Thanks for putting it on Poem Hunter.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/17/2017 1:15:00 AM)

    Watch oneself carefully! ! With righteous morals! With peace and love. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Lantz Pierre (9/17/2017 1:06:00 AM)

    Whatever the value of the wisdom expressed here the poetic value is nearly bankrupt. A sermon devoid of music, metaphor or an enveloping atmosphere of aesthetic transference. I'm sympathetic to the content but not impressed by the handling of the vehicle. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 1, 2012


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