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    THE THOUSANDS From: The Buddha s Way of Virtue, by W.D.C Wagiswara and K.J. Saunders, [1920] 100. Better than a thousand empty words is one pregnant word,
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      THE THOUSANDS
      From: The Buddha's Way of Virtue, by W.D.C Wagiswara
      and K.J. Saunders, [1920]
      100. Better than a thousand empty words is
      one pregnant word, which brings the hearer peace.

      101. Better than a thousand idle songs is a
      single song, which brings the hearer peace.

      102. Better it is to chant one verse of the law,
      that brings the hearer peace, than to chant a
      hundred empty songs.

      103. If one were to conquer a thousand thousand
      in the battle—he who conquers self is the greatest warrior.

      104, 105. Self-conquest is better than other
      victories: neither god nor demi-god, neither
      Mara nor Brahma, can undo the victory of such
      a one, who is self-controlled and always calm.

      106. If month by month throughout a hundred years
      one were to offer sacrifices costing thousands,
      and if for a moment another were to reverence the self-controlled—this is the better worship.

      107. If one for a hundred years tended the
      sacred fire in the glade, and another for a
      moment reverenced the self-controlled, this
      is the better worship.

      108. Whatsoever sacrifice or offering a man makes
      for a full year in hope of benefits, all is not
      worth a quarter of that better offering—reverence
      to the upright.

      109. In him who is trained in constant courtesy
      and reverence to the old, four qualities increase:
      length of days, beauty, gladness, and strength.

      110. Better than a hundred years of impure and
      intemperate existence is a single day of moral,
      contemplative life.

      111. Better is one day of wise and contemplative
      life than a thousand years of folly and intemperance.

      112. Better one day of earnest energy than a
      hundred years of sloth and lassitude.

      113. Better one day of insight into the fleeting
      nature of the things of sense, than a hundred
      years of blindness to this transiency.

      114. Better one day of insight into the deathless
      state (Nirvāna), than a hundred years of blindness
      to this immortality.

      115. Better one day of insight into the Supreme Law,
      than a hundred years of blindness to that Law.

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