Dichotomies

gold-buddhaAll experience is preceded by mind,Led by mind,Made by mind.Speak or act with a corrupted mind,And suffering followsAs the wagon wheel follows the hoof of the ox. All experience is preceded by mind,Led by mind,Made by mind.Speak or act with a peaceful mind,And happiness followsLive a never-departing shadow "He abused me, attacked me,Defeated me, robbed me!"For those carrying on like this,Hatred does not end "She abused me attacked me,Defeated me, robbed me!"For those not carrying on like this,Hatred ends. Hatred never ends through hatred.By non-hate alone does it end.This is an ancient truth. Many do no realize thatWe here must dieFor those who realize this,Quarrels end. Whoever livesFocused on the pleasant,Senses unguarded,Immoderate with food,Lazy and sluggish,Will be overpowered by Mara,As a weak tree is bent in the wind. Whoever lives Focused on the unpleasant,Senses guarded,Moderate with food,Faithful and diligent,Will not be overpowered by Mara,As a stone mountain is unmoved by the wind. Whoever is defiledAnd devoid of self-control and truth,Yet wears the saffron robe,Is unworthy of the saffron robe. Whoever has purged the defilements,Is self-controlled, truthful,And well established in virtue,Is worthy of the saffron robe. Those who consider the inessential to be essentialAnd see the essential as inessentialDon't reach the essential,Living in the field of wrong intention Those who know the essential to be essentialAnd the inessential as inessentialReach the essential,Living in the field of right intention. As rain penetratesAn ill-thatched house,So lust penetratesAn uncultivated mind. As rain does not penetrateA well-thatched house,So lust does not penetrateA well-cultivated mind. One who does evil grieves in this life,Grieve in the next,Grieves in both worlds.Seeing one's own defiled acts brings grief and affliction. One who makes merit rejoices in this life,Rejoices in the next,Rejoices in both worlds.Seeing one's own pure acts brings joy and delight. One who does evil is tormened in this life,Tormented in the next,Is tormented in both worlds.Here he is tormented, knowing, "I have done evil."Reborn in realms of woe, he is tormented all the more. One who makes merit is delighted in this life,Delighted in the next,Delighted in both worlds.Here she is delighted, knowing, "I have made merit."Reborn in realms of bliss, she delights all the more. One who recites many teachingsBut, being negligent, doesn't act accordingly,Like a cowherd counting others' cows,Does not attain the benefits of the contemplative life. One who recites but a few teachings.Yet lives according to the Dharma,Abandoning passion, ill will, and delusion,Aware and with mind well freed,Not clinging in this life or the next,Attains the benefits of the contemplative life. ~The Dhammapa, Opening