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Chapter 3: Life: The Greatest Gift

Life is easy
for the man who is without shame,
impudent as a crow,
a vicious gossip,
vain, meddlesome, dissolute.

But life is hard
for the man who quietly undertakes
the way of perfection,
with purity, detachment and vigor.
He sees light.

If you kill, lie or steal,
commit adultery or drink,
you dig up your own roots.

And if you cannot master yourself,
the harm you do turns against you
grievously.

You may give in the spirit of light
or as you please,
but if you care how another man gives
or how he withholds,
you trouble your quietness endlessly.

These envying roots!
Destroy them
and enjoy a lasting quietness.

There is no fire like passion,
there are no chains like hate.
Illusion is a net,
desire a rushing river.

How easy it is to see your brother’s faults,
how hard to face your own.
You winnow his in the wind like chaff,
but yours you hide,
like a cheat covering up an unlucky throw.

Dwelling on your brother’s faults
multiplies your own.
You are far from the end of your journey.

The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart.

See how you love
whatever keeps you from your journey.

But the tathagatas,
“They who have gone beyond,”
have conquered the world.
They are free.

The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart.

All things arise and pass away.
But the awakened awake forever.

Life is easy
for the man who is without shame,
impudent as a crow,
a vicious gossip,
vain, meddlesome, dissolute.

Life can be lived in two ways: either as a continuous fall.then you are pulled by the unconscious forces of gravitation; you need not make any effort. You are not trying to reach to the peaks, you are simply a rock rolling downwards. Naturally it appears easy, comfortable, convenient. If you conform with the society, if you live according to the tradition, if you follow the stupid crowds, life is easy, but at a very great cost: you don’t grow. You miss the whole point, because life is significant only when it is a continuous growth.

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