Conquest of Sorrow

Grief can seldom touch the one who is understanding, who has achieved balance, who has realized the knowledge of the scriptures, and is ever free from envy, self-control and master of his senses. The wise man should hold fast to this illumination and keep watch over his thoughts; he then knows how the world arises and dissolves, and no grief can touch him. Whatsoever be the cause whence may arise a grief or an affliction or a sorrow or a labor of spirit, a man should put away that from which these may spring, even though it were a limb of his own body. Whenever any work is done from a spirit of selfishness, it becomes a source of grief. Whatever desires are cast out, their place is filled up by happiness; but the man who runs after desires falls into destruction after his desires.

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