But if the elephant of my mind is firmly bound On all sides by the rope of mindfulness, All fears will cease to exist And all virtues will come into my hand.
Will all be bound By binding my mind alone. And will all be subdued By subduing my mind alone.
The Perfect Teacher himself has shown That in this way all fears As well as all boundless miseries Originate from the mind
It is not possible for me To restrain the external course of things;But should I restrain this mind of mine What would be the need to restrain all else ?
Even those who wish to find happiness and overcome misery Will wander with no aim nor meaning If they do not comprehend the secret of the mind- The paramount significance of Dharma.
In this world, unsubdued and crazed elephants Are incapable of causing such harms As the miseries of the deepest hell Which can be caused by the unleashed elephant of my mind.
Tigers, lions, elephants, bears,Snakes and all forms of enemies,The guardians of the hell worlds,Evil spirits and cannibals