235 Thou art now like a sear leaf, the messengers of death* have come near to thee; thou standest at the door of thy departure, and thou hast no provision for thy journey.
236 Make thyself an island, work hard, be wise! When thy impurities are blown away, and thou art free from guilt, thou wilt enter into the heavenly world of the elect.
237 Thy life has come to an end, thou art come near to death, there is no resting-place for thee on the road, and thou hast no provision for thy journey.
238 Make thyself an island, work hard, be wise! When thy impurities are blown away, and thou art free from guilt, thou wilt not enter again into birth and decay.
239 Let a wise man blow off the impurities of his self, as a smith blows off the impurities of silver one by one, little by little, and from time to time.
240 As the impurity which springs from the iron, when it springs from it, destroys it; thus do a transgressor’s own works lead him to the evil path.
241 Prayers** are weak when there is no repetition; the weakness of houses, non-repair; the weakness of the body is sloth; the weakness of a watchman, thoughtlessness.
242 Bad conduct*** is the weakness of woman, greediness the weakness of a benefactor; weak and unskilled are all evil ways in this world and in the next.
243 But there is a weakness worse than all weaknesses,—ignorance is the greatest weakness. O mendicants! throw off that weakness, and become strong and steadfast, avoiding unskilful acts!****
244 Life is easy to live for a man who is without shame, like a mere crow, a mischief-maker, an insulting, obnoxious, and wretched person.
245 But life is hard to live for a modest man, who always looks for what is pure, who is disinterested, quiet, spotless, and intelligent.
246 He who destroys life, who speaks untruth, who in this world takes what is not given him, who goes to another man’s wife;
247 And the man who gives himself to drinking intoxicating liquors, he, even in this world, digs up his own root.
248 O man, know this, that the unrestrained are in a bad state; take care that greediness and vice do not bring thee to grief for a long time!
249 The world gives according to their faith or according to their pleasure: if a man frets about the food and the drink given to others, he will find no rest either by day or by night.
250 He in whom that feeling is destroyed, and taken out with the very root, finds rest by day and by night.
251 There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.
252 The fault of others is easily perceived, but that of oneself is difficult to perceive; a man winnows his neighbour’s faults like chaff, but his own fault he hides, as a cheat hides the bad die from the gambler.
253 If a man looks after the faults of others, and is always inclined to be offended, his own passions will grow, and he is far from the destruction of passions.
254 There is no path through the air. The world delights in its own desires, the Tathagata Buddhas are free from such desires.
255 There is no path through the air. The world delights in its own desires, and it is always changing, but the Buddhas are never shaken.
* messengers of Yama
*** unskilful acts
**** sins, transgressions