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Godatta translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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    Thanks to WestWind s sharing of his excellent summation of the Access to Insight site s Detachment and Compassion article, I have found an amazing quantity of
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      Thanks to WestWind's sharing of his excellent
      summation of the Access to Insight site's Detachment
      and Compassion article, I have found an amazing
      quantity of wisdom available there. Here is one
      small sample. Enjoy!

      Godatta translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

      Just as a fine, well-bred bull yoked to a
      load, enduring his load, crushed by the heavy
      burden, doesn't throw down his yoke; so, too,
      those who are filled with discernment — as
      the ocean, with water — don't look down on
      others. This is nobility among beings.

      Having fallen in time under the sway of time,
      having come under the sway from becoming & non-,
      people fall subject to pain & they grieve.

      Elated by the causes of pleasure, & cast down
      by causes of pain, fools are destroyed by both,
      not seeing them for what they are. While those
      who, in the midst of pleasure & pain have gone
      past the seamstress of craving, stand firm like
      a boundary pillar, neither elated nor cast down.

      Not to gain or loss not to status or honor,
      not to praise or blame, not to pleasure or
      pain: everywhere they do not adhere — like a
      water bead on a lotus. Everywhere they are
      happy, the enlightened, everywhere un- defeated.

      No matter what the unrighteous gain or the
      righteous loss, righteous loss is better than
      if there were unrighteous gain. No matter what
      the status of the unaware or the lowliness of
      those who know, the lowliness of those who know
      is better, not the status of those unaware. No
      matter what the praise from fools or the censure
      from those who know, the censure from those who
      know is better than if there were praise from
      fools. And as for the pleasure from sensuality
      and the pain from seclusion, the pain from
      seclusion is better than if there were pleasure
      from sensuality. And as for living through
      unrighteousness and dying for righteousness,
      dying for righteousness is better, than if one
      were to live through unrighteousness.

      Those who've abandoned sensuality & anger, whose minds
      are calmed from becoming & non-, go through the
      world unattached. For them there is nothing
      dear or undear. Developing the factors for
      Awakening, faculties, & strengths, attaining
      the foremost peace, without fermentation, they
      are entirely Unbound.
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      "Godatta"(Thag 14.2), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight, June 8, 2010, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/thag/thag.14.02.than.html.
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