The Greatness of Ascet
Scriptures ought to exalt with firmness The greatness of disciplined ascetics. To recount an ascetic's greatness Is to count the world's dead. The world shines on the greatness of those who, Knowing both, choose renunciation. The restraint of senses five by the ankush of firmness Is the seed for the bliss of heaven. Even the celestial king Indra will vouch the strength Of one who rules his senses five. Great people take on difficult tasks; Small people avoid them. This world is his who knows for what these five are: Taste, sight, touch, sound and smell. The scriptures of the world proclaim The potent utterance of the great. The wrath of those who have scaled the heights of character Can't be endured even for a moment. Ascetics are called men of virtue For they assume the role of mercy for all that live.