Quote of the Day: The Dhammapada

View of Lake Ontario from the entrance to St. Lawrence Park - Port Credit, Mississauga, ON

View of Lake Ontario from the entrance to St. Lawrence Park – Port Credit, Mississauga, ON

“It is good to tame and watch the mind, which is flighty and difficult to restrain,
rushing about wherever it will, restless and difficult to perceive.
A mind well-watched, a mind tamed, brings happiness.”
~ The Dhammapada


Meditation, among other sadhanas (consistent and continuous practices towards self-growth), teaches us to tame the mind and achieve freedom from the mental modifications that lead to suffering.

The photo above was taken at a location I often like to sit in peace and meditate. All that bright blue water and sky fills me with a pleasant wonder and peaceful contentment!

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5 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: The Dhammapada

  1. It’s beautiful… reminds me of a photo of a Greek port on the Mediterranean.
    And I fully agree, to not be slaves to our wandering mind and to keep ourselves in our center is true freedom. I often get the comment that my faith has so many rules, how can I possibly be happy? But the “rules” are those that are natural to my Buddha self. by following said rules, I free myself of all doubt in my conduct… so a life free of doubt to me is a very happy one.

    Have a beautiful day! xo

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    • Yes, I get the same, because many people are of the opinion that self-restraint and the personal codes of the spiritual aspirant are ‘too hard’ or ‘too rigid’ and they prefer more ‘freedom’ to live life as they please.

      This is merely another form of delusion shrouding their minds, as their approach to life is the root of their own suffering, whilst the restraints of the spiritual aspirant are the source of their liberation and bliss! You are right in feeling the ‘rules’ are natural to your Buddha self – these restraints are central to the conscious and spiritual evolution that helps us realize our true natures. It is when we act against the restraints, acting in lower states of consciousness, that we forget our true nature and get trapped in the cycle of mental modifications.

      Another excuse – based in fear of taking personal responsibility for themselves and their lives – because living life without cultivating self-restraint is much easier than living a life consistently conscious of our feelings, thoughts, and actions. But that which is easy is rarely worth having πŸ˜‰

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