The Bhaddekaratta Gatha

Let me not revive the past
Or on the future build my hopes;
For the past has been left behind
And the future has not been reached.

Instead with Insight let me see
Each presently arisen state;
Let me know that and be sure of it,
Invincibly, unshakably.

Today the effort must be made;
Tomorrow Death may come, who knows?
No bargain with Mortality
Can keep him and his hordes away.

But one who dwells thus ardently,
Relentlessly, by day, by night.
It is he, the Peaceful Sage has said,
Who has had a single excellent night.


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