Those who wish to guard their
attentively guard their minds,
For those who do not guard their minds
Will be unable to guard their practice.
In this (world) unsubdued and
Are incapable of causing such harms
miseries of the deepest hell
Which can be caused by the unleashed
elephant of my mind.
But if the elephant of my
mind is firmly bound
On all sides by the rope of mindfulness,
fears will cease to exist
And all virtues will come into my hand.
Tigers, lions, elephants,
Snakes and all forms of enemies,
The guardians of the hell
Evil spirits and cannibals,
Will all be bound
binding my mind alone,
And will all be subdued
By subduing my mind
The Perfect Teacher Himself
That in this way all fears
As well as all boundless
Originate from the mind.
Who intentionally created
All the weapons for those in hell?
Who created the burning iron
From where did all the women (in hell) ensue?
The Mighty One has said that
all such things
Are (the workings of) an evil mind,
the three world spheres
There is nothing to fear other than my mind.
If the perfection of
Were the alleviation of the world's poverty,
beings are still starving now
In what manner did the previous Buddhas
The perfection of generosity
is said to be
The thought to give all beings everything,
with the fruit of such a thought;
Hence it is simply a state of mind.
Nowhere has the killing
Of fish and other creatures been eradicated;
For the attainment of
(merely) the thought to forsake (such things)
Is explained as the
perfection of moral discipline.
Unruly beings are as
(unlimited) as space:
They cannot possibly all be overcome,
I overcome thoughts of anger alone
This will be equivalent to
vanquishing all foes.
Where would I possibly find
With which to cover the surface of the earth?
(wearing) leather just on the soles of my shoes
Is equivalent to
covering the earth with it.
Likewise it is not possible
To restrain the external course of things;
But should I
restrain this mind of mine
What would be the need to restrain all else?
Although the development of
merely a clear state of concentration
Can result in (taking birth in)
Physical and vocal actions cannot so result
(accompanied) by weak (mental) conduct.
The knower of reality has
That even if recitation and physical hardships
for long periods of time,
They will be meaningless if the mind is
Even those who wish to find
happiness and overcome misery
Will wander with no aim or meaning
If they do not comprehend the secret of the mind -
significance of Dharma.
This being so,
hold and guard my mind well.
Without the disciplines of guarding the
What use are many other disciplines?
Just as I would be
attentive and careful of a wound
When amidst a bustling uncontrolled
So I should always guard the wound of my mind
among harmful people.
And if I am careful of a
Through fear of it being slightly hurt,
Then why do I not
guard the wound of my mind
Through fear of being crushed by the
mountains of hell?