1. If you see an intelligent man who tells you where true treasures
are to be found, who shows what is to be avoided, and administers
reproofs, follow that wise man; it will be better, not worse, for
those who follow him.
2. Let him admonish, let him teach, let him forbid what is improper!-
-he will be beloved of the good, by the bad he will be hated.
3. Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for
friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best
4. He who drinks in the law lives happily with a serene mind: the
sage rejoices always in the law, as preached by the elect (Ariyas).
5. Well-makers lead the water (wherever they like); fletchers bend
the arrow; carpenters bend a log of wood; wise people fashion
6. As a solid rock is not shaken by the wind, wise people falter not
amidst blame and praise.
7. Wise people, after they have listened to the laws, become serene,
like a deep, smooth, and still lake.
8. Good people walk on whatever befall, the good do not prattle,
longing for pleasure; whether touched by happiness or sorrow wise
people never appear elated or depressed.
9. If, whether for his own sake, or for the sake of others, a man
wishes neither for a son, nor for wealth, nor for lordship, and if he
does not wish for his own success by unfair means, then he is good,
wise, and virtuous.
10. Few are there among men who arrive at the other shore (become
Arhats); the other people here run up and down the shore.
11. But those who, when the law has been well preached to them, follow
the law, will pass across the dominion of death, however difficult to
12, 13. A wise man should leave the dark state (of ordinary life), and
follow the bright state (of the Bhikshu). After going from his home
to a homeless state, he should in his retirement look for enjoyment
where there seemed to be no enjoyment. Leaving all pleasures behind,
and calling nothing his own, the wise man should purge himself from
all the troubles of the mind.
14. Those whose mind is well grounded in the (seven) elements of
knowledge, who without clinging to anything, rejoice in freedom from
attachment, whose appetites have been conquered, and who are full of
light, are free (even) in this world.