Chapter Seven: Abandoning Attachment to Sense Objects

 

When there is no end at all

To this ocean of suffering,

Why are you childish people

Not afraid of drowning in it? [7.151]

 

Youth lies behind and then

Once more it is ahead.

Though [one imagines] it will last,

In this world it is like a race. [7.152]

 

In worldly existence there is never

Rebirth of one’s own free will.

Being under others’ control,

Who will intelligence would be fearless? [7.153]

 

The future is endless and

You were always a common being.

Act so that it will never again

Be as it was in the past. [7.154]

 

The conjunction of a listener,

What is to be heard and an exponent

Is very rare. In brief, the cycle of

Rebirths neither has nor has not an end. [7.155]

 

Most people cling to

An unwholesome direction.

Thus most common beings

Certainly go to bad rebirths. [7.156]

 

On earth the maturation of ill deeds

Is seen to be only deleterious.

Thus to the wise the world appears

Similar to a slaughterhouse. [7.157]

 

If “insane” means

That one’s mind is unstable,

What wise person would say that those

In worldly existence are not insane? [7.158]

 

The pain of walking, one sees,

Decreases when doing the opposite.

Thus the intelligent generate

The intention to end all action. [7.159]

 

When a single effect’s original cause

Is not seen, and one sees the extensiveness

Regarding even a single effect,

Who would not be afraid? [7.160]

 

Since all results will not definitely

Be achieved, and those that are

Will certainly come to an end,

Why exhaust yourself for their sake? [7.161]

 

Once it is done, work done with effort

Effortlessly disintegrates.

Though this is so, still you are not

At all free from attachment to actions. [7.162]

 

There is no pleasure in relation to

Either the past or the future.

That which occurs now, too, is passing.

Why do you weary yourself? [7.163]

 

The wise feel the same fear for even

A high rebirth as for the hells.

It is rare indeed for a worldly state

Not to produce fear in them. [7.164]

 

If childish people ever perceived

The suffering of cyclic existence,

At that moment both their mind

[And body] would completely fail. [7.165]

 

People without pride are rare,

And the proud have no compassion.

Thus it is said to be very rare

To go from light to light. [7.166]

 

Whoever renounces them now

Will, it is said, obtain sense objects.

For what reason would such perverse

Practice be considered correct? [7.167]

 

Wealth, the result of merit,

Must be thoroughly protected from others.

How can that which must be constantly

Protected from others be one’s own? [7.168]

 

Different social customs

Are termed “religious practices.”

Thus it seems as if society has

More influence than religious practices. [7.169]

 

Through virtue there are attractive objects,

But such objects too are considered bad.

By giving them up, one will be happy.

What need is there to acquire them? [7.170]

 

For one not in need of authority,

Practices for that [end] are meaningless.

Whoever strives for authority

Is called a fool among men. [7.171]

 

With a view to future effects

You grasp at practices out of greed.

When you see the future of outcome

Why are you not afraid? [7.172]

 

Merit is in every way

Just like a wage for a wage earner.

How could those who do not want

[Even] virtue do what is non-virtuous? [7.173]

 

Whoever sees phenomena as like

A collection of mechanical devices

And like illusory beings,

Most clearly reaches the excellent state. [7.174]

 

For those who do not enjoy

Any objects in cyclic existence

It is altogether impossible

To take pleasure in this [world]. [7.175]


 

SUMMARIZING STANZAS
 
Thinking thouroughly about impermanence and suffering
Give up craving for objects such as visual forms,
The cause for this bottomless boundless ocean of suffering, 
And strive to attain unsurpassable enlightenment.
 
 
This concludes the seventh chapter of the Four Hundred Stanzas on the Yogic Deeds, showing the means to give up clinging to objects of enjoyment which humans desire.
 
 

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