By Buddha, Irving Babbitt

The 423 verses within the assortment often called The Dhammapada (pada: "the way"; dhamma: "the teaching"; for this reason, "The course of Truth") are attributed to the Buddha himself and shape the essence of the ethics of Buddhist philosophy.

there are various English translations of The Dhammapada, yet this model by way of Irving Babbitt, for a few years professor at Harvard and founder, with Paul Elmer extra, of the flow often called "New Humanism," concentrates at the profound poetic caliber of the verses and conveys, maybe greater than the other, a lot of the power of the unique Pali textual content. Babbitt dedicated a long time to this translation––it was once a exertions of affection. along with his essay on "Buddha and the Occident," that is additionally incorporated during this version, The Dhammapada used to be one of many uncomplicated parts of his view of global background, a view which has motivated leaders of inspiration as assorted as Newton Arvin, Walter Lippmann, David Riesman and T. S. Eliot. Eliot, certainly, as soon as wrote that "to were a scholar of Babbitt's is to stay continually in that position."

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I have conquered all, I know all; in all conditions of life I am free from taint; I have left all, and through the destruction of thirst I am free; having by myself attained supernatural knowledge, to whom can I point as my teacher? 354. The gift of the Law exceeds all gifts; the sweetness of the Law exceeds all sweetness, the delight in the Law exceeds all delights; the extinction of thirst overcomes all suffering. 355. Riches destroy the foolish, if they look not for the other shore; by his thirst for riches the foolish man destroys himself as if he were his own enemy.

329. If a man find no prudent companion to walk with, no one who is upright and steadfast, let him walk alone like a king who has left his conquered country behind, — like an elephant in the forest. 330. It is better to live alone, there is no companionship with a fool; let a man walk alone, let him commit no sin, (let him do) with few wishes, like an elephant in the forest. 331. If an occasion arises friends are pleasant; enjoyment is pleasant when one shares it with another; a good work is pleasant in the hour of death; the giving up of all grief is pleasant.

232. Beware of the anger of the tongue, and control thy tongue! Leave the sins of the tongue and practise virtue with thy tongue! 233. Beware of the anger of the mind, and control thy mind! Leave the sins of the mind and practise virtue with thy mind. 234. The steadfast who control body, tongue, and mind are indeed well-controlled. CHAPTER XVIII IMPURITY 235. Thou art now like a sear leaf, the messengers of Death (Yama) have come near to thee; thou standest at the threshold of thy departure, and thou hast no provision for thy journey.

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