Wednesday, March 9, 2011

conquest of one's self

One may conquer a million men in a single battle;
However, the greatest and best warrior
Conquers himself.

Conquest of one's self is the greatest victory of all.
Neither a god nor a heavenly musician
Nor a mischievous angel
Of the highest of the six heavenly abodes-
The Paranimmita-heaven, where sensual pleasures prevail-
Can deprive the self-vanquished, restrained person of victory.

-the Dhammapada, 8 Φ Thousands

Another great teaching from the Buddha that the big leaders of the world, and all the rest of us, can benefit from.

1 comment:

  1. This is probably the toughest battle of all: we know all our weak points and strong points, getting to know ourselves is a constant struggle.