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' AVOIDING MEAT '

251. How could one ever be compassionate
If one fattens on animal meat?

Gains of wealth are not for spendthrifts
For meat-eaters no gains of grace.

Meat-eaters find no joy in good
Like weapon wielders' mind.

Non-killing is indeed an act of kindness
Killing and eating it is unkindness.

Eat not meat and life remains unhurt
Hell swallows men who eat meat.

If men refrain from killing for eating meat
There will be none to sell meat.

If one knows meat is but a sore
One won't eat it any more.

The undeluded wise will ever avoid meat
Which is but the flesh of a lifeless beast.

Non-killing and not eating meat are ever
Better than limitless sacrificial fire.

260. All living beings on earth will lovingly salute
Him who kills not and eats not meat.

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The recompense that a son makes to the mother that bore him, is to make people exclaim. What austerities did this man's mother perform to beget such a son!

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' DISCIPLINE '

140. Who cannot live in harmony with the world
Though learned, are fools indeed.

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' DISCIPLINE '

137. Good conduct ever brings great honor
Bad conduct ends in great dishonor.

138. Noble character is the seed of righteousness
Ignoble character brings ills endless.

139. It's hard for men of virtuous conduct to utter
Even by a slip, words of evil nature.

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' DISCIPLINE '

137. Good conduct ever brings great honor
Bad conduct ends in great dishonor.

138. Noble character is the seed of righteousness
Ignoble character brings ills endless.

139. It's hard for men of virtuous conduct to utter
Even by a slip, words of evil nature.

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' DISCIPLINE '

134. The wise can learn the forgotten lore again
But loss of good conduct leads to ruin.

135. Just as the jealous have no prosperity
The indecent have no dignity.

136. Knowing well the disgrace of indiscipline
The stable waver not from discipline.

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' DISCIPLINE '

131. As discipline leads to dignity in life
Guard discipline above life.

132. Virtuous conduct is a man's prime aid
It's to be guarded with wary mind.

133. Good conduct is the sign of noble birth.
Bad conduct is the sign of low birth.

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TRUTHFULNESS

293. Do not speak falsehood knowingly
As conscience pricks woefully.


294. Who remains true to his conscience
Lives forever in all noble hearts.


295. Superior is one who speaks the truth earnestly
To those who do penance and charity.

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TRUTHFULNESS

291. "What is Truth?" if the question be
It's speech with words evil-free.

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REALIZING THE TRUTH

356. The learned who've seen here the truth
Will find the path of no birth.


357. Who has analysed and realized the Truth
Has no need to think of rebirth.


358. See the Truth to avoid the folly of rebirth
It is true wisdom of real worth.

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REALIZING THE TRUTH


353. To men free from doubts with vision clear
Heaven is nearer than earthly sphere.

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REALIZING THE TRUTH

351. Delusion of taking untruth for truth
Results in ignoble birth.

352. Men of spotless vision free from delusions
Gain bliss eschewing sorrows.

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FORTITUDE

630.Who finds joy even in woes
Is admired even by foes.

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FORTITUDE


624. Trouble is troubled by him who is relentless
Like a bull pulling a cart thro'all blocks.

625. A man of fortitude troubles the troubles
In spite of successive troubles.

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FORTITUDE

622.Even though misfortune may rise like a flood
A wise man overcomes it by thoughts bold.

623.Who, in grief, do not grieve
Make grief itself grieve.

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NON-KILLING


328. Though killing may bring gain
The wise shun it as mean.

329. Those who live by killing are regarded
As men of mean deeds by the learned.

330. Who lived by merciless killing of beings
Live in poverty with acute diseases.

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NON-KILLING

321. What is a virtuous deed? It is non-killing.
Evil springs from killing.

323. Crown of all virtues is non-killing
Next to it ranks non-lying.

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WISDOM

430. Those with wisdom have everything
Fools with everything have nothing.

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GRATITUDE

108. Forgetting the good is no good but it is good
To forget at once what is no good.

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34.IMPERMANENCE

331. To view the fleeting as everlasting is foolish and degrading.

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One, who controls with a hook of strong determination and willpower, the five elephants representing the five sensory organs, embodies the seed of bliss in the soil of heaven.

3:5

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ON FOLLY

834. Fool of fools is the one who always learns
Realizes, teaches but never practices.

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