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The Solitary Rhinoceros Horn:


Original
ly spoken by solitary Pacceka Buddhas!

 Laying aside all violence, respecting all beings,
 never harming even one of them,
 one should never wish for a son,
 nor neither for any companion.
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Affection comes into being for one who has associations;
 following this affection, this misery arises.
 Seeing the peril born of this affection, this passion, this lust
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Sympathising with friends and companions one misses ones goal
 Being shackled in mind.
 Seeing such danger in acquaintance,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.   

 The considerations which exists for sons and wives is like
 a spreading bamboo entangled, a solid web of bars,
 Like a single young bamboo shoot up free, not caught up with others
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 As a deer is not tied up goes where-ever it wishes
 Fully free in forest, an understanding friend,
 regarding and enjoying his independence,
 should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Among many companions;
 whether one rests, stand, sit, or walk;
 there are endless requests from others...
 Having respect for and appreciation of Freeing Independence...
 which is not liked by any other, [than Nobles]
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Among many companions;
 there are sport, enjoyment, and great love for sons and men
 Although loathing the later separation from what is liked,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.
 
 One is a friend of the four directions and not hostile,
 being pleased with whatever comes ones way.
 A fearless bearer of the dangers,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Even some wanderers [& some bhikkhus] are not kindly disposed
 and also some householders dwelling in a house can also be hostile.
 Paying little attention to the children [pupils] of others;
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Having shed the appearance of a householder,
 like a naked tree, whose leaves have fallen;
 A true Hero, having cut the householders bond,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.     

 If one can obtain a zealous companion,
 an associate of good & pure disposition,
 who is resolute, firm, unwavering
 overcoming all obstructions, swiftly,
 One should wander with him, elated and mindful.

 Certainly let us praise the excellent fortune
 of having a Friend, better or equal than one-self,
 such one should truly be followed.
 However if such Noble Friend is absent, not to be found
 then enjoying only blameless things,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Seeing that even golden bracelets, quite well made
 inevitable are clashing together, when two on same arm,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 In same way seeing: With a companion there would be
 objectionable empty talk and abuse for me.
 Seeing such danger of the future in company,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 For sensual pleasures, variegated, sweet and delightful
 disturb and perturb the mind with their manifold forms.
 Seeing the danger in the many forms of sensual delights,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

This for me is a calamity, a cancer tumour, a misfortune,
 a dis-ease, a barb and a fear! Seeing the danger of sensual
 strands of pleasure exactly like such distress & disaster,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.        

 Cold, heat, hunger and thirst, rainy storm
 and the sting of the scorching sun, gadflies and snakes,
 having mindfully endured all these, training patience,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 As an Elephant with massive shoulders,
 spotted by age, but Noble in mind,
 may leave the herds and live as it pleases
 all alone in the forest peace,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 It is an IMPOSSIBILITY! for one who delights in company
 to obtain even a trace of even temporary release...
 Having heard such word from the son of the sun,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Gone beyond the contortions of wrong view,
 arrived at the fixed straight course to salvation,
 having gained the way, having entered the stream,
 thinking: Ice-Clear Certain Insight has arisen in me;
 I am not to be led by others anymore...
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Being without desire, without deceit, without thirst,
 without hypocrisy, with delusion and faults blown all away,
 without longing for anything whatsoever in the whole world,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 One should avoid a companion defiled by evil,
 who does not see the goal, who has accepted bad behaviour.
 One should not associate with one who is dominated by
 wrong views and is negligent, all blinded, fumbling...
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 One should cultivate one certain Friend of Great Learning,
 Expert in the Doctrine, a Noble Friend possessed of ultra-sharp
 Intelligence. When understanding one's aim, [from such friend]
 having dispelled any doubt and dried out all confusion,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Not finding any satisfaction in sport, activity
 and empty entertainment, nor in the fading happiness
 arisen from sensual pleasures of this glitter world,
 one should pay no attention whatsoever to such,
 abstain from adornment of mere body frame
 and speaking only plain straight absolute truth,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.   
 
 Leaving behind son and wife, and father and mother
 and house and wealth, and sensual pleasures to the limit
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 This is an attachment, a bond, a chain; here is
 little happiness, modest satisfaction, much misery,
 this is a hook of pain! Seeing this, knowing this, the wise
 should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Having broken ones chains asunder, like a fish breaking
 through the catching net, not returning, like a fire gone out,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 With downcast eyes, not foot-loose, nor restless,
 with senses well-guarded, with mind well protected,
 not emitting any defiled mental dirt,
 not burning inside, cooled with no fewer, contented,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Having shed the marks of a householder, like a winter tree
 its leaves, having left the house, wearing the saffron robe,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Showing no greed for mere taste, not wanton,
 not hireling for others, going on an uninterrupted
 begging round, not bound to this or that family,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Having left behind the five hindrances of the mind,
 having blown away all defilements, utterly independent,
 having cut out affection and hate, passion and aversion
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Having put both happiness and misery all behind,
 even so with joy and dejection already,
 having gained the precious equanimity, purified tranquillity
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Determined, solidly resolute for the attainment of
 the Supreme Goal, with great force, not indolent,
 of firm exertion, furnished with power and enduring strength
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Neither giving up seclusion nor meditation, constantly
 living according to the Dhamma, yet amongst all the
 flickering phenomena of this world, understanding
 the ultimate danger inherent in this existence itself...,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Working for the utter destruction of craving,
 not negligent, not foolish, learned, possessing
 continuous mindfulness, brightly aware, very present,
 having examined the doctrine, restrained, energetic,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Like a mighty lion is not trembling at any sound,
 not caught up with others,
 like the wind passes freely through a net,
 not in love like a lotus leave sheds a falling water drop,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Wandering Victorious, like a long toothed tiger
 the king of beasts, one should resort
 to secluded remote hermitages,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Training at regular times friendliness, empathy
 pity, joy, equanimity, and mental release,
 unobstructed, unimpeded by the entire world
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Leaving behind the dust of passion, aversion and confusion
 having broken all such mental chains all apart,
 not even slightly nervous at the moment of complete life destruction,
 One should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 People associate with others for some motive of
 advantage for themselves; nowadays real Friends
 without such motive hidden behind are hard to find.
 Attentive to their own good only, humans are impure.
 One should therefore wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

 Source: Sutta-Nipāta I.3 v35-75
 https://what-buddha-said.net/library/ati_website/html/tipitaka/kn/snp/index.htmlsnp.1.03.than.html

 
https://store.pariyatti.org/Sutta-Nipata_p_1831.html

 
 Sword-horn from Rhinoceros Unicornis: The Indian one-horned rhinoceros

  Comments: Such is it really!
  Without periods of solitary seclusion one lacks completion of mindfulness;
  With muddled mindfulness, one cannot complete any investigation of wisdom..
  With incomplete investigation of the wisdom, no energy arises as curiosity and engagement...
  With such sluggish energy, lacking the necessary effort no rapture arises, still unsatisfied...
  With no rapturous joy arisen, one is discontented not satisfied, restless, lacking results;
  and neither body nor thought is silenced! With no tranquillity arisen, body is not at ease
  no high concentration can the ever emerge... With no attainment of high level concentration
  no aloof equanimity can evolve... With no fulfilment of aloof equanimity, thought and reality
  itself cannot be looked on as from above with proper care...
  Consequently attainment of: Freedom through direct Knowledge is obstructed like a bird
  without wings simply cannot fly ...]

   More on  Sweet Solitude Alone:
  Ideal Solitude, Alone yet Free, Sweet_Solitude

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