However industrious you may be,
There is no end to worldly activities;
But if you practice the Dharma
You will swiftly conclude everything.
However nice they may seem,
Samsaric affairs always end in disaster;
But the fruits of practicing the Dharma
Will never deteriorate.
Since beginningless time you have collected and encouraged
Karma, negative emotions, and habitual tendencies,
Which force you to wander in samsara.
If you continue like that, when will liberation arrive?
If you only see all this at the moment of death,
It’s rather too late –
When the head’s already been severed,
What use is any medicine?
Recognizing the suffering of samsara,
Turn toward the peace of nirvana.
quoted in the book The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva
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Further quotes from the book The Heart of Compassion:
- The three aspects of diligence
- Accepting short-term sufferings
- Cutting through subtler misconceptions
- I like suffering
- Practice day and night
- No greater obstacle to Dharma practice
- The magnifying glass of your faith and devotion
- No more than an empty echo
- Never stop thinking about how to gain liberation
- The importance of relative bodhicitta
- The children of the buddhas
- Giving and taking
- The best opportunity to put the teachings into practice
- Neither discouragement nor pride
- Powerful sources of help
- Phenomena adorn emptiness
- Nothing to be grasped
- The reason you are wandering in samsara
- Seeing clearly how deceiving the ways of the world are