06 February 2010

do not be reckless.
meditate constantly.
or you will swallow fire
and cry out: 'no more!'

if you are not wise,
how can you steady the mind?
if you cannot quieten yourself,
what will you ever learn?
how will you become free?

with a quiet mind
come into that empty house, your heart,
and feel the way
beyond the world.

look within-
the rising and the falling.
what happiness!
how sweet to be free!

/excerpt from 'the seeker' in the dhammapada