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The Dhammapada

The Dhammapada is a 3rd century BCE collection of aphorisms illustrative of Buddhist teachings.


Watchfulness is the path of immortality: unwatchfulness is the path of death. Those who are watchful never die: those who do not watch are already as dead.

Those who with a clear mind have seen this truth, those who are wise and ever-watchful, they feel the joy of watchfulness, the joy of the path of the Great.

And those who in high thought and deep contemplation with ever-living power advance on the path, they in the end reach NIRVANA, the peace supreme and infinite joy.

Those who arise in faith, who ever remember their high purpose, whose work is pure, and who carefully consider their work, who in self-possession lives the life of perfection, and who ever, for ever, is watchful, they shall arise in glory.

By arising in faith and watchfulness, by self-possession and self-harmony, the wise make an island for their soul which many waters cannot overflow.

Gautama Buddha ("Awakened One"), the 5th century BCE spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism

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