1. He who gives himself to vanity, and does not give himself to
meditation, forgetting the real aim (of life) and grasping at
pleasure, will in time envy him who has exerted himself in meditation.
2. Let no man ever look for what is pleasant, or what is unpleasant.
Not to see what is pleasant is pain, and it is pain to see what is
3. Let, therefore, no man love anything; loss of the beloved is
evil. Those who love nothing and hate nothing, have no fetters.
4. From pleasure comes grief, from pleasure comes fear; he who is
free from pleasure knows neither grief nor fear.
5. From affection comes grief, from affection comes fear; he who is
free from affection knows neither grief nor fear.
6. From lust comes grief, from lust comes fear; he who is free from
lust knows neither grief nor fear.
7. From love comes grief, from love comes fear; he who is free from
love knows neither grief nor fear.
8. From greed comes grief, from greed comes fear; he who is free
from greed knows neither grief nor fear.
9. He who possesses virtue and intelligence, who is just, speaks the
truth, and does what is his own business, him the world will hold
10. He in whom a desire for the Ineffable (Nirvana) has sprung up,
who is satisfied in his mind, and whose thoughts are not bewildered by
love, he is called urdhvamsrotas (carried upwards by the stream).
11. Kinsmen, friends, and lovers salute a man who has been long away,
and returns safe from afar.
12. In like manner his good works receive him who has done good, and
has gone from this world to the other;--as kinsmen receive a friend on