The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

O slave of desire


If you are filled with desire
Your sorrows swell
Like the grass after the rain.
But if you subdue desire
Your sorrows shall fall from you
Like drops of water from a lotus flower.

Pleasures flow everywhere.
You float upon them
And are carried from life to life.

If desires are not uprooted,
Sorrows grow again in you.

O seeker!
Give up desire,
Shake off your chains.

It is not iron that imprisons you
Nor rope nor wood,
Forsake desire, and follow the way.

Do your thoughts trouble you?
Does passion disturb you?
Beware of this thirstiness
Lest your wishes become desires
And desire binds you.

O slave of desire,
Float upon the stream.
Cross over to the father shore,
Beyond life and death.

Quieten your mind.
Reflect. Watch.
Nothing binds you.
You are free.

~ Buddha ~
The Dhammapada


2 responses

  1. Ultimately, this is true, but it is much easier to shed the mantle of desire, passion, lust, and sorrow once one has been run over by the Wheel of Dharma often enough to become indifferent.

    We are all seekers of one type or another, but even desire for enlightenment will fail until one becomes indifferent to it.

    If a cat shuns you, and if you just try to read the newspaper in indifference, what you once sought will now seek you.

    Acceptance of one’s present circumstances with lovingkindness will allow us to evolve in our own good time.

    …The snake sheds its skin when the snake should shed its skin…..

    Chazz Vincent

    March 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm

  2. delilahdidit

    Love the unconcealed naturalness of the sagacious word:)

    March 19, 2017 at 9:27 am

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