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Title: Nava Sutta: A Boat
Summary: url=index.html#snp.2.08.than A teacher, like a skilled boatman, is one who knows firsthand how to cross to the opposite shore.
PTS: Sn 316-323
Nava Sutta: A Boat
translated from the Pali by
Alternate translation: Ireland
<p><b>Translator's note:</b> Although it is often lost in translation, this poem in the Pali has a clearly articulated over-all structure. The first seven verses — coming under the “because” <i>(yasma)</i> — state reasons, while the last verse, under the “so” <i>(tasma),</i> draws the conclusion: find a good teacher and practice the Dhamma.</p>
when you honor — as the devas, Indra — one from whom you might learn the Dhamma, he, learned, honored, confident in you,
shows you the Dhamma.
You, enlightened, heedful,
befriending a teacher like that,
practicing the Dhamma in line with the Dhamma, pondering, giving it priority,
knowledgeable, clear-minded, wise.
But if you consort with a piddling fool who's envious,
hasn't come to the goal,
you'll go to death without having cleared up the Dhamma right here, with your doubts unresolved.
Like a man gone down to a river — turbulent, flooding, swift-flowing — and swept away in the current:
how can he help others across?
Even so: he who hasn't
cleared up the Dhamma, attended to the meaning of what the learned say, crossed over his doubts:
how can he get others to comprehend?
But as one who's embarked
on a sturdy boat, with rudder & oars,
would — mindful, skillful, knowing the needed techniques —
carry many others across,
even so an attainer-of-knowledge, learned, self-developed, unwavering can get other people to comprehend —
if they're willing to listen, ready to learn.
you should befriend a person of integrity —
Practicing so as to know the goal, when you've experienced the Dhamma,
you get bliss.
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