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Nagavagga

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Title: Nagavagga: Elephants

Summary:

Dhp XXIII

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Nagavagga: Elephants

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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<h5>320</h5>

I — like an elephant in battle, enduring an arrow shot from a bow — will endure a false accusation, for the mass of people have no principles.

<h5>321</h5>

The tamed is the one they take into assemblies. The tamed is the one the king mounts. The tamed who endures a false accusation is, among human beings,

the best.

<h5>322-323</h5>

Excellent are tamed mules,

tamed thoroughbreds,
tamed horses from Sindh.

Excellent, tamed tuskers,

great elephants.

But even more excellent are those self-tamed.

For not by these mounts could you go to the land unreached, as the tamed one goes by taming, well-taming, himself.

<h5>324</h5>

The tusker, Dhanapalaka, deep in rut, is hard to control. Bound, he won't eat a morsel: the tusker misses the elephant wood.

<h5>325</h5>

When torpid &amp; over-fed, a sleepy-head lolling about like a stout hog, fattened on fodder: a dullard enters the womb

over &amp;
over again.

<h5>326</h5>

Before, this mind went wandering

however it pleased,
wherever it wanted,
by whatever way that it liked.

Today I will hold it aptly in check — as one wielding a goad, an elephant in rut.

<h5>327</h5>

Delight in heedfulness. Watch over your own mind. Lift yourself up from the hard-going way, like a tusker sunk in the mud.

<h5>328-330</h5>

If you gain a mature companion — a fellow traveler, right-living, enlightened — overcoming all dangers

go with him, gratified,
mindful.

If you don't gain a mature companion — a fellow traveler, right-living, enlightened —

go alone

like a king renouncing his kingdom, like the elephant in the Matanga wilds,

his herd.

Going alone is better, there's no companionship with a fool.

Go alone,

doing no evil, at peace, like the elephant in the Matanga wilds.

<h5>331-333<a name=“dhp-332” id=“dhp-332”></a><a name=“dhp-333” id=“dhp-333”></a></h5>

A blessing: friends when the need arises. A blessing: contentment with whatever there is. Merit at the ending of life is a blessing. A blessing: the abandoning of all suffering

           &amp; stress.

A blessing in the world: reverence to your mother. A blessing: reverence to your father as well. A blessing in the world: reverence to a contemplative. A blessing: reverence for a brahman, too.

A blessing into old age is virtue. A blessing: conviction established. A blessing: discernment attained. The non-doing of evil things is

   a blessing.

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