Remember always that you are just a visitor here, a traveller passing through
your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown
None can live without toil, and a craft that provides your needs is a blessing indeed;
But if you toil without rest, fatigue and weariness will overtake you,
and you will be denied the joy that comes at labour's end
Speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice;
If you talk much, this will make you deaf to what others say,
You should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others
Be near when help is needed, but far when thanks and praise are being offered
Take small account of might, weath and fame, for they soon pass and are forgotten
Instead, nurture love within you and strive to be a friend to all.
Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.
Treasure silence when you find it, and, while being mindful of your duties,
set time aside to be alone with yourself.
Cast off pretense and self deception and see yourself as you really are.
Despite all appearances, no one is really evil; they are led astray by ignorance.
If you ponder this truth always you will offer more light,
rather than blame and condemnation.
You, no less than all beings, have Buddha Nature within.
Your essential Mind is pure
Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall,
let not remorse nor dark foreboding cast you down.
Be of good cheer and with this understanding, summon strength and walk on.
Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright
Carry this lamp always and in good time the darkeness will yield
and you will abide in the Light.
- Shravasti Dhammika