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Offline Jaycowing

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Help with translation please
« on: October 18, 2015, 12:20:06 pm »

I'm trying to find the Pali translation of the poem 'Upon the Tip of the Needle' its from the Nidessa but I'm having no luck. Could anyone please help translate to Pali? its for a painting I want to do I would be very grateful.

Life, personhood, pleasure and pain
 — This is all that's bound together
In a single mental event
 — A moment that quickly takes place.

Even the spirits who endure
For eighty-four thousand aeons
 — Even these do not live the same
For any two moments of mind.

What ceases for one who is dead,
Or for one who's still standing here,
Are all just the same aggregates
 — Gone, never to connect again.

The states which are vanishing now,
And those which will vanish some day,
Have characteristics no different
Than those which have vanished before.

With no production there's no birth;
With becoming present, one lives.
When grasped with the highest meaning,
The world is dead when the mind stops.

There's no hoarding what has vanished,
No piling up for the future;
Those who have been born are standing
Like a seed upon a needle.

The vanishing of all these states
That have become is not welcome,
Though dissolving phenomena stand
Uncombined from primordial time.

From the unseen, [states] come and go,
Glimpsed only as they're passing by;
Like lightning flashing in the sky
 — They arise and then pass away.

Offline Ron-the-Elder

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Re: Help with translation please
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2015, 07:23:07 am »
Here is a resource you can use from The Pali Text Society:

  Pali to English:

English to Pali:
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.


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