Dhammapada Verse 1
dhamma manopubbangama manosettha manomaya
ce padutthena manasa bhasati va karoti va tato
dukkham nam anveti vahato padam cakkam iva
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Speak or act with an impure mind and trouble will follow you as the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.
- There are two worlds. One world is outside and the other is inside. Buddha always speaks about the inner world. The outside world depends on inner world. In outside world what you are depends only on what you are inside. Here the word Inner – indicates the core of your being.
- You say that you are a hindu, you are muslim. But in reality, you don’t know what you are. Being a hindu or a muslim, just depends on your thoughts. Just imagine for a single moment when your mind is silent. You are just an awareness. The soul cannot be a hindu or a muslim. Soul is just a soul.
- Here the meaning of soul is cessation of mind. When your mind is utter silent. When you drop your mind. When you don’t live in your mind. Then what the remains in you – is Soul. Please don’t consider the word Soul as Aatma. Aatma is not any word in Buddha dictionary.
- If you want to know what the Dhamma is, what the reality is, then you have to drop your mind. It is impossible to understand the Dhamma with mind.
- Dropping the mind means stopping the thinking. And stopping the thinking is all about Meditation. Meditation is a step from mind to no-mind. And this step is Pada. The Dhammapada. A Pada to reach the Dhamma.
- According to Buddha, the mind is always impure. So don’t get confused by pure mind or impure mind. Impure mind and Mind are same for Buddha. There is no difference. According to Buddha the only purity is No-Mind.
- So Buddha says that if you will speak or act with Mind the misery will follow you. Troubles will follow you. Misery is just a dream of your mind. Misery arises only because you are fast asleep. Mind is just a sleep. If you speak or act in sleep (with mind) misery will follow you.
- You know nothing about life, but your mind thinks that you know everything about life. This false knowing is a barrier between you and what the truth is. This mind brings misery.