Gautama Buddha

Lumbini / Indian Sub. (today in Nepal)
Gautama Buddha
Lumbini / Indian Sub. (today in Nepal)
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Self

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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.
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MAHTAB BANGALEE 26 January 2021
Purity and impurity come from oneself; no one can purify another.......greatest verse of self purification; salute to the great Buddha
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Kumarmani Mahakul 07 April 2020
Freedom of poetic imaginations had motivated the person who took birth. Buddhist wisdom had given immense knowledge. Blooming lotus pond had greeted. Memorable perception of the past is highlighted and this poem is very interestingly penned. A person should feel self. This poem is deeply philosophical...10
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charlie 02 April 2019
i dont believe btw........................
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Subhas Chandra Chakra 23 September 2017
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 17 September 2017
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 17 September 2017
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 17 September 2017
Soothing and wise words of..Self.. A pleasure to read.
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Savita Tyagi 17 September 2017
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.
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Ramesh T A 17 September 2017
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!
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Kumarmani Mahakul 17 September 2017
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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