Dhammapada chapter 1: parallel texts

Lyrics for “We Are What We Think” compared with literal and poetical translations of the Dhammapada.

more info is at Dhammapada Songs: Liner Notes.

The Dhammapada, translated
by Acharya Buddharakkhita, 1985.
(read at Access to Insight)
The Dhammapada, rendered
by Thomas Byrom, 1976.
(read online)
Dhammapada Songs #2,
by R Ferriss, 2017.
(read/listen at Bandcamp)
THE PAIRS
1. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts, suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.

2. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow.

3. “He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me.” Those who harbor such thoughts do not still their hatred.

4. “He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me.” Those who do not harbor such thoughts still their hatred.

5. Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.

CHOICES
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you
As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable.

“Look how he abused me and hurt me,
How he threw me down and robbed me.”
Live with such thoughts and you live in hate.

“Look how he abused me and hurt me,
How he threw me down and robbed me.”
Abandon such thoughts, and live in love.

In this world
Hate never yet dispelled hate.
Only love dispels hate.

This is the law,
Ancient and inexhaustible.

We Are What We Think
We are what we think
Our thoughts create our worlds
Speak impurely, act impurely,
and trouble is part of you, like the wheels on a car.

We are what we think
Our thoughts create our worlds
Speak purely, act purely,
and happiness follows you like a shadow.

Hatred has never been ended by hatred
Hatred can only be ended by love

She abused me, she defeated me, he robbed me, he beat me,
dwell on such thoughts and be imprisoned by hatred.

He abused me, he defeated me, she robbed me, she beat me,
abandon such thoughts and be rescued by love.

Hatred has never been ended by hatred
Hatred can only be ended by love  …

Now and forever this will be and was

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