Wise souls leaving self behind, move forward.
Setting self aside, stay centered.
Why let the self go? To keep what the soul needs.
Be one with the dust of the way,
Then you can't be controlled by love or by rejection.
You can't be controlled by profit or by loss.
You can't be controlled by praise or by humiliation.
True words aren't charming,
Charming words aren't true.
People who know aren't learned,
Learned people don't know.
Arms are instruments of ill omen. When one is compelled to use them, it is best to do so without relish. There is no glory in victory, and to glorify it despite this is to exult in the killing of men. When great numbers of people are killed, one should weep over them with sorrow. When victorious in war, one should observe mourning rites.