Thursday, 31 January 2008

Do Not Harm Yourself Needlessly

Suppose an enemy has hurt you in his own domain.
Why should you annoy yourself & hurt your mind in your domain?
In tears you left your family, who were kind and helpful always.
So why not leave behind your enemy & the anger that brings so much harm?
This anger which you embrace eats away at the very roots of all the virtues you strive to develop.

Who would be such a fool? Someone else does evil deeds & you get angry.

Why? Do you wish to copy him & act as he does?
Suppose someone, to annoy, provokes you to do some evil act.
Why allow anger to arise and thus do exactly as he wants you to do?
If you get angry then maybe he will suffer, maybe not.
But by feeling anger yourself - -You certainly do suffer.
If enemies blinded by anger are content to walk the path of woe,

Do you wish to follow them by getting angry yourself?
If a foe provokes you to hurt yourself by getting angry,

Let that anger subside. Do not harm yourself needlessly.

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