Dhammapada, Stanza 6

Version 1:

Others do not realize
“We here are struggling.”
Those who realize this – for them
Are quarrels therefore quelled.

Version 2:

Unlike those who don’t realize
that we’re here on the verge
of perishing,
those who do:
their quarrels are stilled.

Version 3:

There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels.

Commentary:

Not noticing this at first, on returning to these passages the ‘we’ rings clear. It is we who struggle. It is we who are perishing. Not just them. Not just I. But we. This life, planet, joy, pain, and ease is our common heritage. May we awaken to all that we share with one another!

(Note: Version 1 is from the John Ross Carter and Mahinda Palihawadana translation. Version 2 is from the Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation. Version 3 is from the Acharya Buddharakkhita translation.)

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1 thought on “Dhammapada, Stanza 6”

  1. Only the last translation really brings forward the “we” – at least, that’s my response to them. And the “we” changes everything – we do this together: birth, struggle, suffer, quarrel, death. We’re in it together – fundamental fact!

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