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Books: Sacred Books Of The East

We live happily indeed, not hating those who hate us! among men who hate

us we dwell free from hatred! We live happily indeed, free from ailments

among the ailing! among men who are ailing let us dwell free from


We live happily indeed, free from greed among the greedy! among men who

are greedy let us dwell free from greed!

We live happily indeed, though we call nothing our own! We
hall be like

the bright gods, feeding on happiness!

Victory breeds hatred, for the conquered is unhappy. He who has given up

both victory and defeat, he, the contented, is happy.

There is no fire like passion; there is no losing throw like hatred;

there is no pain like this body; there is no happiness higher than rest.

Hunger is the worst of diseases, the elements of the body the greatest

evil; if one knows this truly, that is Nirvana, the highest happiness.

Health is the greatest of gifts, contentedness the best riches; trust is

the best of relationships, Nirvana the highest happiness.

He who has tasted the sweetness of solitude and tranquillity, is free

from fear and free from sin, while he tastes the sweetness of drinking

in the law.

The sight of the elect (Ariya) is good, to live with them is always

happiness; if a man does not see fools, he will be truly happy.

He who walks in the company of fools suffers a long way; company with

fools, as with an enemy, is always painful; company with the wise is

pleasure, like meeting with kinsfolk.

Therefore, one ought to follow the wise, the intelligent, the learned,

the much enduring, the dutiful, the elect; one ought to follow such a

good and wise man, as the moon follows the path of the stars.