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Cittavagga: The Mind

Cittavagga

Summary:

Dhp III PTS: Dhp 33-43

Cittavagga: The Mind

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Alternate translation: Buddharakkhita | Daw Mya Tin | Ven. Varado

Alternate formats: dhammapada_en.pdf (??pages/0.8MB)

//33-37//

(Cross-reference: 33-37)

Quivering, wavering, hard to guard, to hold in check: the mind. The sage makes it straight — like a fletcher, the shaft of an arrow. Like a fish pulled from its home in the water & thrown on land: this mind flips & flaps about to escape Mara's sway. Hard to hold down, nimble, alighting wherever it likes: the mind. Its taming is good. The mind well-tamed brings ease. So hard to see, so very, very subtle, alighting wherever it likes: the mind. The wise should guard it. The mind protected brings ease. Wandering far, going alone, bodiless, lying in a cave: the mind. Those who restrain it: from Mara's bonds they'll be freed.

//38//

For a person of unsteady mind, not knowing true Dhamma, serenity set adrift: discernment doesn't grow full.

//39//

(Cross-reference: 39)

For a person of unsoddened mind, unassaulted awareness, abandoning merit & evil, wakeful, there is no danger no fear.

//40//

(Cross-reference: 40)

Knowing this body is like a clay jar, securing this mind like a fort, attack Mara with the spear of discernment, then guard what's won without settling there, without laying claim.

//41//

All too soon, this body will lie on the ground cast off, bereft of consciousness, like a useless scrap of wood.

//42-43//

(Cross-reference: 42-43)

Whatever an enemy might do to an enemy, or a foe to a foe, the ill-directed mind can do to you even worse. Whatever a mother, father or other kinsman might do for you, the well-directed mind can do for you even better.


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