Wheel of Sharp Weapons Part III Dharmaraksita

 

(80) When someone requests us to do something for him,

We are never obliging, but think up instead

Clever devious methods to do him some harm.

When others concede and agree with our viewpoint,

We do not acquiesce-we argue still more.

Trample him, trample him, dance on the head

Of this treacherous concept of selfish concern,

Tear out the heart of this self-centred butcher

Who slaughters our chance to gain final release.

 

(81) We do not pay attention to whet others tell us;

We are a trial to be with; we strain others’ nerves.

Our feelings are hurt at the slightest remark,

And we hold grudges strongly-we never forgive.

Trample him, trample him, dance on the head

Of this treacherous concept of selfish concern,

Tear out the heart of this self-centred butcher

Who slaughters our chance to gain final release.

 

(82) We always are jealous of those of greet status;

We feel holy Gurus ere threats to avoid

Overwhelmed by attachment and ruled by our passions,

We spend all our time lusting after young loves.

Trample him, trample him, dance on the head

Of this treacherous concept of selfish concern,

Tear out the heart of this self-centred butcher

Who slaughters our chance to gain final release.

 

(83) We do not think of friendships as long-term commitments

We treat old companions with thoughtless neglect.

And when we are making new friends with a stranger,

We try to impress him with grandiose ways.

Trample him, trample him, dance on the head

Of this treacherous concept of selfish concern,

Tear out the heart of this self-centred butcher

Who slaughters our chance to gain final release.

 

(84) We lack clairvoyance, yet we, feigning powers,

And then when proved wrong, we must bar all complaints.

We have little compassion for those who are near us,

Whenever they blunder, we are quick to lash out

Trample him, trample him, dance on the head

Of this treacherous concept of selfish concern,

Tear out the heart of this self-centred butcher

Who slaughters our chance to gain final release.

 

(85) We have poor education and limited knowledge;

Whenever we speak we are unsure of ourselves.

Our learning in scriptural texts is so meagre,

When hearing new teachings we doubt they are true

Trample him, trample him, dance on the head

Of this treacherous concept of selfish concern,

Tear out the heart of this self-centred butcher

Who slaughters our chance to gain final release.

 

(86) By making a habit of anger and passion,

We come to despise everyone that we meet

And by making a habit of jealous resentment,

We ascribe fruits to others, disclaiming their worth.

Trample him, trample him, dance on the head

Of this treacherous concept of selfish concern,

Tear out the heart of this self-centred butcher

Who slaughters our chance to gain final release.

 

(87) We do not follow proper Procedures of study;

We say it is needless to read the vast texts.

We feel there is no value learning from Gurus;

We slight oral teachings and think we know best.

Trample him, trample him, dance on the head

Of this treacherous concept of selfish concern,

Tear out the heart of this self-centred butcher

Who slaughters our chance to gain final release.

 

(88) We fail to explain what the ‘Three Baskets teach,

But instead dwell on theories we have made up ourselves.

We lack deep conviction and faith in the teachings,

Whatever we say leaves disciples confused.

Trample him, trample him, dance on the head

Of this treacherous concept of selfish concern,

Tear out the heart of this self-centred butcher

Who slaughters our chance to gain final release.

 

(89) We do not despise actions unwise and immoral,

Instead we dispute and attempt to pick flaws

In the excellent teachings and great masters’ works.

Trample him, trample him, dance on the head

Of this treacherous concept of selfish concern,

Tear out the heart of this self-centred butcher

Who slaughters our chance to gain final release.

 

(90) We are never embarrassed when acting disgracefully,

Only respectable deeds cause us shame.

Trample him, trample him, dance on the head

Of this treacherous concept of selfish concern,

Tear out the heart of this self-centred butcher

Who slaughters our chance to gain final release.

 

(91) All the things we should do we do not do even once,

For improper behavior taker up all our time.

Trample him, trample him, dance on the head

Of this treacherous concept of selfish concern,

Tear out the heart of this self-centred butcher

Who slaughters our chance to gain final release.

 

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