1. He whose conquest is not conquered again, into whose conquest no
one in this world enters, by what track can you lead him, the
Awakened, the Omniscient, the trackless?
2. He whom no desire with its snares and poisons can lead astray, by
what track can you lead him, the Awakened, the Omniscient, the
3. Even the gods envy those who are awakened and not forgetful, who
are given to meditation, who are wise, and who delight in the repose
of retirement (from the world).
4. Difficult (to obtain) is the conception of men, difficult is the
life of mortals, difficult is the hearing of the True Law, difficult
is the birth of the Awakened (the attainment of Buddhahood).
5. Not to commit any sin, to do good, and to purify one's mind, that
is the teaching of (all) the Awakened.
6. The Awakened call patience the highest penance, long-suffering
the highest Nirvana; for he is not an anchorite (pravragita) who
strikes others, he is not an ascetic (sramana) who insults others.
7. Not to blame, not to strike, to live restrained under the law, to
be moderate in eating, to sleep and sit alone, and to dwell on the
highest thoughts,--this is the teaching of the Awakened.
8. There is no satisfying lusts, even by a shower of gold pieces; he
who knows that lusts have a short taste and cause pain, he is wise;
9. Even in heavenly pleasures he finds no satisfaction, the disciple
who is fully awakened delights only in the destruction of all desires.
10. Men, driven by fear, go to many a refuge, to mountains and
forests, to groves and sacred trees.
11. But that is not a safe refuge, that is not the best refuge; a man
is not delivered from all pains after having gone to that refuge.
12. He who takes refuge with Buddha, the Law, and the Church; he who,
with clear understanding, sees the four holy truths:--
13. Viz. pain, the origin of pain, the destruction of pain, and the
eightfold holy way that leads to the quieting of pain;--
14. That is the safe refuge, that is the best refuge; having gone to
that refuge, a man is delivered from all pain.
15. A supernatural person (a Buddha) is not easily found, he is not
born everywhere. Wherever such a sage is born, that race prospers.
16. Happy is the arising of the awakened, happy is the teaching of
the True Law, happy is peace in the church, happy is the devotion of
those who are at peace.
17, 18. He who pays homage to those who deserve homage, whether the
awakened (Buddha) or their disciples, those who have overcome the host
(of evils), and crossed the flood of sorrow, he who pays homage to
such as have found deliverance and know no fear, his merit can never
be measured by anybody.