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Dhammapada, selection nine

Who will conquer this world
And the world of the dead, along with the world of the gods?
Who will pluck the well-taught word of the Dhamma
As a skillful person plucks a flower?

The one in training will conquer this world
And the world of the dead, along with the world of the gods.
The one in training will gather like a flower
The well-taught verses of truth.

Knowing this body to be like froth
And understanding its mirage-like nature,
Having cut off the flowery arrows of Mara,
He will go beyond the sight of the king of death.

Which fool knows his folly
By this he is indeed also wise.
And the fool who thinks himself wise
This one truly is called a fool.

Translated by Bodhipaksa.

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