Running up and down this shore delays crossing!
The Blessed Buddha once
Bhikkhus, these 8
things, when cultivated and refined, lead to going beyond
from this near shore, right here, to the far shore beyond all... What eight?
Right Speech (sammā-vācā)
Right Action (sammā-kammanta)
Right Livelihood (sammā-ājīva)
Right Effort (sammā-vāyāma)
Right Awareness (sammā-sati)
These 8 things, when cultivated
and refined, lead to going beyond from
this near shore, right here, to the far shore beyond all imagination.
The Well-Gone-One, the supreme Teacher, then added this:
Few humans cross to that
sublime far shore beyond all being.
Mostly, people just run up
and down along this barren bank!
Those whose praxis is like
this even and exact Dhamma,
Will pass beyond the State of Death to stilled
Having left all the dark
and evil doing, any intelligence
Seeks the luminous bright
light by leaving this turmoil,
by going forth into solitary, sweetly silent homelessness.
Secluded from lust, he
experiences an unworldly bliss!
Owing nothing, the wise and
clever man thereby cleans
himself of all these mental pollutions and defilements...
Mentally highly evolved by
the 7 links to enlightenment,
Delighting in non-clinging
and relinquishment of all,
Such luminous ones, having quenched
Are completely released even right here in this world!
To the Other Side...
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Book [V:24] section 45: The Way. 34: Gone to the other side ...