Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 04/08/2014

Buddha Vacana ~ Approaching the Awakened One

98. Even if one should seize the hem of my robe and walk step by step behind me, if he is covetous in his desires, fierce in his longings, malevolent of heart, with corrupt mind, careless and unrestrained, noisy and distracted and with senses uncontrolled, he is far from me.
And why? He does not see the Dhamma, and not seeing the Dhamma, he does not see me.
Even if one lives a hundred miles away, if he is not covetous in his desires, not fierce in his longings, with a kind heart and pure mind, mindful, composed, calmed, one-pointed and with senses restrained, then indeed, he is near to me and I am near to him.
And why? He sees the Dhamma, and seeing the Dhamma, sees me.

Through physically close behind,
If one is acquisitive and restless,
How far is that turbulent one from one at peace,
That burning one from one cooled,
That hankering one from one content!

But thoroughly understanding the Dhamma,
And freed from longing through insight,
The wise one, rid of all desire,
Is calm as a pool unstirred by the wind.
How close is that peaceful one to one at peace,
That cool one to one cooled,
That content one to one content!

Itivuttaka 91


  1. Sadhu! I hope you are well, friend. 🙂

    • Every good blessing to you as well. Sukhi hotu!

  2. Beautiful, and just “the ticket” this morning.
    Thank you, mike.
    With metta,

    • Thanks Ben. I get most of these quotes from the Buddha Vacana app.

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